The Federal Government has been advised to integrate human rights training into the national education curriculum at secondary and tertiary levels particularly at police colleges and training institutions of other security agencies and the law School.
This is one of the recommendations of participants at a one week sensitization and train-the-trainers workshop on human rights for the Nigeria Police Force, members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Civil Society, the Judiciary and other stakeholders in the Justice Sector held in Calabar, Cross River State.
A statement by the Media Focal Person of the Workshop, Abdulkadir Ahmed Ibrahim, said the participants also suggested human rights training for the political class, the judiciary, traditional and community leaders, the top hierarchy of the police and of other security agents.
The participants called on all stakeholders in the justice sector to avoid delays in the criminal justice delivery process with its attendant economic and social cost implications for both the state and the pre-trial detainee and his or her family and for a more positive impact on the proportion and population of awaiting trial persons in prisons.
The workshop called for a mass orientation of members of the public on patriotism, discipline, respect to authorities, good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence and adherence to the rule of law.
Other resolutions agreed by the participants include an advice to officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force to protect and treat all citizens equally without discrimination to gender, race, colour, language, religion, opinion, social background or class, national or ethnic origin, birth or other status.
The workshop participants then argued that Officers and men of the police force are also human beings and entitled to all rights accruing to other human beings and the authorities concerned should improve the funding of the force particularly the provision of adequate and effective working materials and other logistics and to safeguard their rights with good conditions of service, pension and insurance.
The one-week long workshop organized by the Nigerian Police Force and coordinated by Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) with the support of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was attended by more than one hundred participants including two Deputy Inspectors General of Police, DIG Emmanuel Inyang (Training and Development) and DIG Hyacinth Dagala (Intelligence and Investigation).