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New Police law sets OND as minimum entry qualification, profers adjustments to PSC – Source

Nigerians seeking to join the Nigeria Police Force must possess a minimum of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) if a new law being planned to reposition the force and strengthen policing in the country sails through.

Already, the bill, which will seek to repeal the law establishing the Police Service Commission and establish a new one, is being fine-tuned at several levels by the federal government.

Under the proposal, which Vanguard sighted last night, the requirement for ordinary national diploma would apply to both those seeking to join the NPF as constables and others seeking to enlist in the Nigeria Police Academy as cadets.

Similarly, the proposed legislation also seeks to expand the membership of the Police Service Commission to accommodate representatives from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), the National Human Rights Commission NHRC) and Civil Society Organisation (CSO).

Additionally, the impending law stipulates that the PSC board must accommodate a Nigerian youth, not below the age of 35, a woman with an interest in sexual harassment and gender-based violence and a retired police officer not below the rank of a police commissioner.

The bill also stipulates that unlike the existing law, the chairman of the PSC should be a serving police officer not above the age of 55 at the time of appointment and not a card-carrying member of any political party while the board should also include a retired judge of either the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal.

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