Section 214-216 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 214 to 216 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 214 to 216 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 is under B (Nigeria Police Force) of Part III (Supplemental) of Chapter VI (The Executive) of the constitution.

Section 214 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Establishment of Nigeria Police Force

(1) There shall be a police force for Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigeria Police Force, and subject to
the provisions of this section no other police force shall be established for the Federation or any part thereof.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution –
(a) the Nigeria Police Force shall be organised and administered in accordance with such provisions as may be
prescribed by an act of the National Assembly;
(b) the members of the Nigeria Police shall have such powers and duties as maybe conferred upon them by law;
(c) the National Assembly may make provisions for branches of the Nigeria Police Force forming part of the armed
forces of the Federation or for the protection of harbours, waterways, railways and air fields.

Section 215 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Appointment of Inspector-General and control of Nigeria Police Force

(1) There shall be –
(a) an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the
President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force;
(b) a Commissioner of Police for each state of the Federation who shall be appointed by the Police Service
Commission.

(2) The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector-General of Police and contingents of the
Nigeria Police Force stationed in a state shall, subject to the authority of the Inspector-General of Police, be under
the command of the Commissioner of Police of that state.

(3) The President or such other Minister of the Government of the Federation as he may authorise in that behalf may
give to the Inspector-General of Police such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public
safety and public order as he may consider necessary, and the Inspector-General of Police shall comply with those
direction or cause them to be compiled with.

(4) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Governor of a state or such Commissioner of the Government state
as he may authorise in that behalf, may give to the Commissioner of Police of that state such lawful directions with
respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order within the state as he may consider
necessary, and the Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with:
Provided that before carrying out any such directions under the foregoing provisions of this subsection the
Commissioner of Police may request that the matter be referred to the President or such minister of the Government
of the Federation as may be authorised in that behalf by the President for his directions.

(5) The question whether any, and if so what, directions have been given under this section shall not be inquired into
in any court.

SEE ALSO  Section 206-212 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Section 216 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999

Delegation of powers to the Inspector-General of Police

(1) Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the Nigeria Police Council may, with the approval of the
President and subject to such conditions as it may think fit, delegate any of the powers conferred upon it by this
Constitution to any of its members or to the Inspector-General of Police or any other member of the Nigeria Police
Force.

(2) Before making any appointment to the office of the Inspector-General of Police or removing him from office the
President shall consult the Nigeria Police Council.

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