The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, is joining forces with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to extend the reach and improve the quality of the Complaint Response Unit (CRU).
As part of this initiative, new CRU offices will be established in Enugu, Kano, Lagos, and Rivers States, while the Lagos CRU office will be expanded. This partnership aims to make justice and accountability more accessible to the public.
According to an official statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi noted that the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) plays a crucial role in addressing public grievances related to police misconduct, human rights violations, and various other issues in Nigeria. With the generous support of the United Nations, the IGP is taking a significant step to decentralize and expand the presence of the CRU across the country, in alignment with the provisions of Section 131 of the Police Act 2020.
According to him, this expansion is a vital part of the IGP’s commitment to foster a more transparent, accountable, and responsive policing system. It aims to significantly reduce the barriers faced by citizens when reporting issues and expedite the resolution process.
The project will include an outreach program designed to develop effective strategies and modalities for expanding CRU services to under-served rural communities and individuals with limited access. To achieve this, interactive Town Hall meetings have been scheduled in each of the four states – Kano, Lagos, Rivers, and Enugu. These sessions will bring together 20 relevant stakeholders from each state, as identified by the respective commands. The town hall meetings will serve as a platform for open discussions and collaborations focused on improving community-police relations and service quality. The meetings are scheduled as follows: Kano State on October 23rd, Lagos on October 25th, Rivers on October 31st, and Enugu State on November 8th, 2023.
“The Inspector General of Police remains committed to fostering positive community relations and enhancing the delivery of top-notch policing services to the public. He places particular emphasis on addressing issues of professional misconduct and other forms of infractions. The IGP calls upon residents of the concerned states to cooperate with the Nigeria Police, as the expanded CRU is expected to enhance trust, transparency, and accountability in the police force, while also improving the government’s capacity to address human rights violations” it noted.