In the wake of alleged ‘systematic torture of detainees in its custody’ by Amnesty International, the Nigeria Police Force says it is committed to protecting the lives and properties as well as upholding the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and of all persons residing in the country.
The Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Idris, stated this in Abuja at aHuman Rights Training of Trainers Workshop for Police Human Rights Desk Officers at all Police Formations within the Federal Capital Territory which ended at the weekend.
IGP Idris who spoke through the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Inspectorate unit at the Training Department of the Police Force Headquarters, DCP Sola Okediji, said the Nigeria Police will continue to operate according to the laws of the land, all regional and international laws and treaties and commended all officers and men of the force for discharging their duties according to expectations.
He assured that with the motivation given to the police by the Federal Government in terms of provision of working materials, training and re-training and an improved condition of service among others, the force cannot afford to fail in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.
The IGP charged the participants to effectively practice what they learnt at the workshop and to impart the knowledge acquired to their colleagues and subordinates at their various places of assignments.
A statement by the Media Focal Person of the Nigeria Police Human Rights Training Programme, Abdulkadir Ahmed Ibrahim, said The Workshop which was organized by the Nigeria Police Force is 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).
It is aimed at empowering police personnel and other stakeholders with skills, knowledge and attitude to effectively discharge their duties in accordance with the rule of law and in compliance with human rights best practices.
The National Project Officer in charge of Criminal Justice and Multidimensional Security at Nigeria Country Office of UNODC, Mrs Ukamaka Osigwe, said there is a signal that the Nigeria Police Force is poised to practically counter the adverse report of Amnesty International on human rights records of Law Enforcement Agencies and the Military in Nigeria.
She commended IGP Ibrahim Idris for his commitment to ensuring that the Nigeria Police Force is governed by internationally recognized core values of policing in the execution of its duties and for building a trust between the police and the Nigerian population.
Mrs. Osigwe said the workshop was within the context of UNODC’s scope of work under the European Union Funded Project tagged “Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria.”
She maintained that the training would increase access to justice and respect for human rights and the rule of law, especially for disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the society.
In her remarks, the PRAWA Programme Officer for Social Development and Rehabilitation, Mrs Ogechi Ogu, said the Nigerian Police Human Rights Training Programme which was conceived six years ago has so far covered Three Police Training Institutions (The Police Academy at Wudil in Kano and the Police Training Colleges in Ikeja and Kaduna) Lagos, Cross River and the Federal Capital Territory Police Commands and for some Instructors at Police Training Schools and Colleges in the Northern Region.
The Programme will hold in Anambra and Benue State Police Commands before the end of the year. The target is to cover all Police State Commands and other Formations by the year 2020.
The Executive Director of PRAWA, Mr. Yinka Lawal, said the programme is aimed at updating the knowledge of the participants on the basic principles of human rights and to practice same at their places of assignments and wherever they find themselves.