lagos Commissioner of Police Mr Edgar Imohimi has urged officers to respect human rights.
He spoke when 210 officers graduated from a training on “Advanced human rights and community policing standards”.
It was organised by the Crime Victims Foundation of Nigeria (CRIVIFON) for officers from the rank of Inspectors to Deputy Superintendent of Police drawn from 120 divisions.
Imohinmi, represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ronke Okunade, reminded the officers that the people they are policing have fundamental rights that must be enforced.
“This is why we considered the training you have just undergone as very important because it is through this way that you would know the laws bordering on human rights and why you must respect the rights of every member of the public,” she said.
CRIVIFON founder Mrs Gloria Egbuji praised the officers for keeping the country safe, urging them to to do more despite challenges.
Egbuji, who noted that many policemen were unaware that they had been insured, urged the authorities to create a platform for them to update their insurance information.
She advised policemen to focus on crime prevention and not dabble into civil matters.
An Assistant Superintendent of Police Okon Victor, urged the participants to share the knowledge they acquired.
“Now that you have been trained, I expect you to go back and start doing things the right way as dictated by the law. Now is the time for you to effect a change in the environment where you operate,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the class, the governor, Superintendent Ajoke Akande, thanked the Police authorities and CRIVIFON for exposing them to human rights issues and promised that they would not let the authority down.
“When next you see us, you would be proud of us as gallant officers,” she assured.
Among the topics discussed were: Human rights laws, Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), Community policing, Child rights laws.
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