Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has said the Nigeria Police Force must obey the law while enforcing the law.
Gbajabiamila made this declaration on Thursday at a public hearing organized by the house committee on police affairs.
Gbajabiamila stressed that officers who put the image of the police in a bad light must be weeded out.
“Reforming the Nigerian security architecture, with specific emphasis on our policing system and law enforcement, is one of the cardinal commitments of the ninth house of representatives.
“It is a commitment against which our tenure in office will be measured. When the time for assessment and judgment comes, we must not be found wanting. The Nigerian people deserve a police force that they can trust.
“They deserve a police force that acts within the limits of the law and respects the rule of law. We will do everything in our power to meet these expectations.
“Beyond statutory reform, there is a need for concerted efforts to address recruitment and training, funding, and operational priorities.
“These issues are the responsibility of the police force administration and the executive. Nonetheless, the ninth house of representatives will be part of those conversations around effecting changes in this regard, and we will do our utmost to ensure that everything that ought to be done is done and done right.
“There are, let me quickly say, a zillion or gazillion good policemen, in fact, a good majority of our policemen are gentlemen and officers, upstanding professionals but we all know the popular saying that a rotten egg can spoil the whole basket.