Bill to raise retirement age of police officers scales second reading

A bill to raise the retirement age of police officers in the country from 60 to 65 years has scaled a second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill, jointly sponsored by Speaker Tajudeen Abbas and Abubakar Yalleman, lawmaker from Jigawa, proposes to amend section 18 of the Nigeria Police Act 2020, seeking to also increase the years of service from 35 to 40.

During plenary on Tuesday, Mr Yalleman spoke on the need for the review to retain the experience of officers “who have been trained and have served for considerable years.

“This experience is needed especially in this time of insecurity when experienced police officers are needed to help tackle insecurity in the country,” he added.

In October 2023, a similar bill seeking to raise the retirement age of members of the armed forces from 60 to 65, and from 35 to 40 years in service, scaled second reading in the green chamber.