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Senate confirms Musiliu Smith as chairman of Police Service Commission

Senate confirms Musiliu Smith as chairman of Police Service Commission

- Alhaji Musiliu Adeola Smith has been confirmed as the chairman of the Police Service Commission by the Senate

- He was confirmed alongside six others nominated to serve with him at the PSC

- The Senate tasked them to consider reforming the Nigeria Police Force

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed Alhaji Musiliu Adeola Smith as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Lagos-born Smith, 74, is a retired Inspector-General of Police who retired from service in 2002, following a police strike.

Smith was appointed a month ago by President Muhammadu Buhari and he will take over from Mike Okiro, who is also a former IG of Police.

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Six others were confirmed alongside him and they are:

1. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi (rtd), confirmed as full time commissioner

2. AIG Lawal Bawa (rtd), confirmed as full time commissioner

3. Muhammad H. Najatu, confirmed as member

4. Barimoh Adogame Austin, confirmed as member

5. Barrister Rommy Mom, confirmed as member

6. Dr. Nkemka Oshimiri Jombo-Ofo, confirmed as member

Speaking on the confirmation, Senate president, Bukola Saraki, commended the quality of the nominees selected by President Buhari.

“This gives us hope and encouragement that all our efforts to see that this critical aspect of our security architecture receives the necessary reform.

“We wish all the members the best of luck in their new role. Before this nomination, they have had a lot of expectations from Nigerians. This is why we ensured that we fast-tracked this nomination," he said.

He noted that the PSC is expected to support the police in carrying out the necessary reforms that is required, “particularly in ensuring that we drive a performance driven police force.”

“They must also work to motivate all the members to do the right thing to provide security for our nation. At the same time, the new Police Service Commission must look into rewarding great performance and being able to compensate those who work hard.

“They must also look into the unfortunate incidents where police officers lose their lives and ensure that the country is there for the families who have to bear this loss,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has promised a N5 million reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the culprits of the killings of policemen in the FCT, Abuja and Edo state.

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This was contained in a statement sent to by the force public relations officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood.

The IGP also ordered commissioners of police and their supervising assistant IGPs to beef-up security in their area of responsibilities and embark on massive raids of criminal hideouts and flash-points across the country to forestall any further attack.

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