Nigerian Police sensitize human rights issues
April 20, Kaduna: Nigerian Police Force has sensitized its personnel against human rights violation with a vow to deal with any policeman found guilty of violating human Rights of the citizens.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Solomon Arase made the assertion during Human Rights Training of Trainers’ Workshop for Instructors of Nigeria Police Force Training Institutions in the Northern Region held in Kaduna north west part of the country.
According to him, the workshop aimed at providing the necessary platform to reach out to men and officers of the NPF on the need for the promotion and protection of human rights in the discharge of their duties.
The IGP represented by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) In-Charge of Training and Development, Olufemi Adenaike, said he will monitor activities of men and officers to ensure strict adherence to respect for human right in the discharge of their duties.
“We will go out there to see what is happening because we cannot be spending much money on their training and allow them to misbehave, we will try them in our orderly room, if they are found guilty, they get punished including dismissal.
“It also offers the opportunity to equip us with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to effectively discharge our duties in accordance with the rule of law and in compliance with human rights best practices,” he said.
While declaring the workshop open, Arase said the fundamental duties of a police officer include serving the community, safeguarding lives and property, protecting the innocent, keeping the peace and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality and justice is respected.
He noted that, the importance of ensuring the recognition of human rights by police officers cannot be overemphasized.
The IGP added: “This process dates back to 2010 when the Swiss Government in collaboration with a network of stakeholders like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Police Service Commission, the NPF, the National Human Rights Commission, the Committee against Torture, other specialized NGOs and some UN Agencies agreed to enter into regular dialogue for the exchange of skills in the field of education and training to promote and protect human rights.”
Consequently, seminars and workshops were organised by these agencies for police officers and this led to the development of enhanced human rights teaching to address gaps in the existing police teaching curriculum in police training institutions particularly in the area dealing with human rights principles."
He said to achieve the targeted purpose; the Human Rights Training Manual was developed as a major resource for the teaching of Human Rights Principles in police training institutions.
“This was followed up by the development of a Trainers’ Guide to aid police instructors in the delivery of the respective modules as contained in the training manual.
“Subsequently, plans were made for the National Roll Out of the NPF Human Rights Training Programme. The roll out process is made up of 5 major steps aimed at institutionalizing the human rights training within the NPF. The approval of the plan by the IGP on the 29th of December, 2014 set the stage for its full implementation by the NPF,” he said.
He added: “The national roll out of this human rights training programme will ensure that the message of protection and promotion of human rights gets to every officer of the NPF regardless of rank.
“This commendable development within the Nigeria Police Force has been made possible due to the immense commitment and support of the various partners of the NPF.
“Furthermore, the NPF is highly appreciative of the support received from its development partners Embassy of Switzerland,German International Cooperation, GIZ, European Union, UNODC, and UNICEF from the inception of this project till date and is particularly grateful to GIZ for making this regional based training of trainers’ workshop for the northern region.”
In her goodwill message, Deputy Head of Mission, Swiss Embassy, Dr. Daniel Caveg, said the programme is a core pillar of human right activities in Nigeria jointly agreed between Nigeria and Swiss in 2011 to work against violation of human right.
“The programme will equip the Police with knowledge and capacity to train and disseminate human right activities,” he said.
The Oslo Times