Police Introduces Human Rights Manual

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has unveiled a Human Rights Manual for police men at the Force headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.

While presenting the Human Rights Manuals for Policemen and Human Rights desk officers, prepared with the support of the CLEEN Foundation, the Swiss Embassy and other foreign missions, Abba said that human rights would be introduced into the curriculum of all Police training colleges nationwide.

The IG also revealed that the manuals would be issued to all Policemen so that they can educate themselves on how to relate with the members of the public while carrying out their responsibilities.

Abba who agreed that the Force had always had problems with human rights issues, which brought about the setting up of human rights desks at all Divisional Police stations, guaranteed that the newly introduced manuals would assist Policemen to know and respect the rights of Nigerians.

“This is not the first time human rights would be introduced by the Police but in addition to past efforts, every officer will be given a manual to guide them; every Police officer would get a copy. Excessive use of force must be curtailed and we seek the cooperation of members of the public to achieve this,” the IG said.

Can the Nigerian Police strictly observe the existence of Human Rights laws with the IG introducing human rights manual for all police men?

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