By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), Foundation on Thursday in Lagos presented to the public its latest book titled “Groaning In Pains; The Effect of Bad Policing on Nigeria.
The publication was aimed at contributing in reawakening the consciousness of all the stakeholders and the citizens on the need to take lives and most especially the human rights of the Nigerian citizens seriously by involving the wheel of justice each time a citizens dies in circumstance that seems unnatural in the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.
Speaking, Chairperson National Coordinating Committee of the foundation, Saviuor Akpan, Esq said the book was part of the organisation’s project with the support of OSIWA tagged: “Promoting Police Accountability and Respect for Human Rights and Enhancing access to Justice for Victims through Periodic State by State Documentation and Publicizing of Cases”.
He commended the book to all Nigerians and enjoined them to join hands to reject all forms of bad policing and also admonished the public to show interest in ensuring police reform to enhance better security for the nation.
According to him, NOPRIN as a coalition of 53 civil societies/ nongovernmental organizations have continued to engage government and the different agencies responsible for the protection of citizens’ right and access to justice where there is perceived infractions to ensure that perpetrators of any form of inhuman or degrading treatment of Nigerians are properly addressed and outcome of such not swept under the carpet.
Saviuor canversed for adequate welfare for the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force but however advised that the recruitment process into the force must be transparent to include community leaders in order to reduce influx of persons with questionable characters into the force.
He called on the Federal Government to address the near total lack of capacity for criminal investigation by the police without recourse to torture, extra-judicial killings, extortions and other forms of third degree policing.