Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Muhammad Adamu has commended the Senate for the unprecedented support he has received from upper legislative chamber since his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a letter, dated April 25, 2019 and addressed to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the IGP thanked the lawmakers for passing some critical bills aimed at boosting effectiveness of the Force.
Adamu, according to a source claimed in the letter that the legislative support so far received by his office and the police force in general, were commendable and appreciated by the Police generally.
He specifically mentioned the Police Trust Fund Bill and the Police Act (Amendment) Bill passed by the Senate.
Adamu also thanked the Senate for expressly working on the Police Academy Establishment Bill, which he said, if passed, will help restore the lost primacy of the police Force.
The letter reads in part: “We appreciate in particular. Your goodwill, trust and support, which inked the passage of the Police Trust Fund Bill, the Police Act (Amendment) Bill and the ongoing speedy consideration of the Police Academy (Establishment) Bill.
“It is noted that the procession of these bills, which are articulated for the administrative and operational efficacy as well as long term capacity development of the police, have been lingering in the National Assembly.
“It is therefore a mark of landmark honour that the senate facilitated the passage of the bills following our recent meeting and appeal to you and the Senate leadership.
“Furthermore, we are deeply appreciative of the concerns of the Senate for the funding inadequacy if the Nigerian Police and the commitment of the senate to support our operations and reform agenda with the enhancement of our budgetary appropriation”.
The IGP had on Tuesday appeared before the Senate, in a closed-door executive session, the first of its kind since 2016.
His predecessor in office, Ibrahim Idris had maintained a hostile relationship with the police, refusing to appear before the lawmakers each time he was invited.
The former IGP at a time, dragged the Senate to the court, while the Police as an institution also dragged Saraki, Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce to court over alleged assault on some policemen during a protest rally within the precincts of the Force Headquarters, Abuja.