LAGOS – Crime Victims Foundation (CRIVIFON) has trained and graduated 91 police officers on human rights, rule of law, code of conduct at election time/election security and the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
The 41st graduation, which was in partnership with Stakeholders’ Forum for Police Accountability (SFPA) and chaired by Bayo Balogun representing Ibeju/Lekki in the House of Representatives, took place at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday.
At the event, Coordinator, SFPA/Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), Okechukwu Nwanguma, presented 240 copies of Abridged Police Trust Fund Act 2019 and Concise Summary of Police Act 2020, commissioned and produced by RULAAC, to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Abiodun Alabi.
The CP, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said the Command does not joke with training and re-training and urged the graduates to make good use of what they learned from the training to improve themselves and the force.
He noted that knowledge is power, adding that the ignorant would always get things wrong. For the umpteenth time, he warned that anybody, who offers money for bail is liable just like the police officer, who collected the money.
The Project Coordinator, CRIVIFON, Gloria Egbuji, noted: “This graduation, which is done quarterly with the approval of the Inspector general of Police (IGP), is one of the occasions to showcase the good things the police are doing to comply with the President and IGP’s objectives of policing with the community, in accordance with international best practices for a better secured Nigeria.”
Chairman of the occasion, Bayo Balogun, representing Ibeju/Lekki in the House of Representatives, advised police officers to strike a balance between doing their job and respect for human rights, saying to whom much is given, much is expected.
To direct the operations and management of the police force, Nwanguma said the Police Act empowers the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to issue subsidiary legislation through regulations, standing orders, administrative instructions, and circulars.
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