By Adebisi Onanuga
The Police have been urged to key into Inspector-General (IGP), Abubakar Mohamned Adamu’s vision of making human rights and rule of law the bedrock of community policing.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu gave the charge during the Course 7 graduation ceremony of officers of the force held at the M.D. Abubakar Hall, Zone 2 headquarters, Onikan, Lagos.
Eighty-four officers graduated in the training programme which lasted for about two months.
They received training on Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, Child Rights Act, Human Rights as enshrined in the Constitution and other international laws, Rule of law, plea bargaining, domestic violence from Joashum Agha, Nnaemeka Agu among others .
The AIG, who was represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Administration, Steve Yabanet, urged the graduands to take community policing to the grassroot.
“We are in a democratic era and we are expected to be ardent observers of human rights and rule of law.
“ Now that you have received this training, we want to see changes in the way you conduct your duties and interact with the people particularly the grassroot.
“You are expected to put what you have learnt into practice and to be a good ambassador of the force. These are the ideals of the IGP”, he said.
The programmes’ facilitator and Executive Director, Crime Victims Foundation of Nigeria (CRIVIFON), Mrs Gloria Egbuji noted that human rights is at the core of community policing.
According to her, unless the police respect the human rights of Nigerians, it will be very difficult for them to achieve the benefits of community policing.
She said: “ All the tenets of human rights as contained in the national and international laws must be respected by the police for the populace to truly come close to them for genuine partnership in intelligence sharing, community support and truly being police friends”.
The CRIVIFON director, who was represented by a training facilitator of the foundation, Evaristus Aloko, explained that it was against this background that the organisation commenced the training of men and officers of the force in 2006.
Egbuji said 18,600 policemen and women, from rank of DCPs to constables, have been trained from 2006 till date.
Egbuji added: “It was also to make police who are law enforcers not to be law breakers and help them carry out diligent investigation and interrogation without torture, make work of community policing much easier and attract more support from the people”.
The Class Governor, Ishado Micheal, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the programme has been very enriching, educative and rewarding.
Ishado promised that they would implement what they learnt and become trainers to their subordinates.
He thanked the AIG and his team for exposing them to the programme and promised that they would continue to share the knowledge gained down the line.