Rights abuses: We’ve best mechanism to deal with erring officers – Ogun CP

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Lanre Bankole on Tuesday warned officers and men of the command against human rights violations.
Bankole said that the Nigerian Police Force has the “best mechanism to deal with erring police officers.

Bankole said this in Abeokuta while speaking with newsmen shortly after he declared open, a training organised by the Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action for the Police officers on human rights and trust-building.

The training attracted Area Commander, Divisional Police Officers, youths and community leaders in the state.

Bankole said “They have to carry out their duties in consonance to the provisions of the law and extant regulations.

“I can tell you that the Nigerian Police Force has the best mechanism in dealing with any member of the force when the need arises. And the message is clear, perform your duties according to the dictates of the law.”

Speaking on the training, the CP noted that the training would enhance the capacity of the officers for better service delivery.

In her remarks, the  Deputy Director of PRAWA, Mrs Ogechi Ogu said about 35 high cadre officers and 150 members of the society including youths, elders and women were selected for the training.

Ogu said the training became necessary following the EndSARS protest. According to her the organization had been giving training to the police officers before but restrategized after the EndSARS protest.

She said, “This strategy is a fallout of the #EndSARS protest, when we started we focused on the institution of the police first and the State just talking about human rights generally but with the events of the #EndSARS we knew we needed to change tactics and start building confidence and trust within the community.

“The essence is to train them on Human rights, that is the larger part of the training but we are particular on trust-building and alternative to violence, so we are bringing together the police and the community they serve to build trust, discuss issues of human rights and to deal with issues of violence; while proposing alternatives to violence.”

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