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International Delegations Join Forces With Nigerian Police Commission To Combat Human Rights Abuses


Aug 10, 2023

In a promising show of global collaboration, two distinguished delegations from the United States of America and the United Kingdom paid a courtesy visit to the Corporate Headquarters of the Police Service Commission (PSC) in Jabi, Abuja.

The delegations were warmly received today by the Chairman of the Commission, and retired Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase.

Highlighting their commitment to fostering positive change, the delegations seized the opportunity to explore the Commission’s recently established Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU).

This innovative platform serves as a tracking mechanism for public complaints against active Nigeria Police Officers, with the shared objective of significantly reducing instances of human rights abuses by law enforcement.

The leader of the United States delegation, Jason A. Smith, Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, emphasized the collaborative nature of their mission.

Smith expressed the United States’ strong dedication to enhancing the rule of law, particularly within Nigeria’s law enforcement sector. The establishment of the CMU was lauded as a pivotal step in bolstering transparency and accountability.

From the United Kingdom, Chris Grimson, representing the National Crime Agency’s Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit (AKEU), extended a firm hand of partnership. Grimson shared his commitment to strengthening Nigerian law enforcement by offering specialized training for the personnel of the Nigeria Police.

He highlighted the importance of intelligence sharing and effective investigation techniques as crucial tools in fostering cooperation between the Police and other security agencies within the nation.

During the meeting, Chairman Dr. Solomon Arase articulated the aspirations of the Nigerian people for a responsible Police Force that respects the fundamental human rights of all citizens.

Recognizing the urgent need to address concerns related to human rights abuses, he shared the rationale behind the establishment of the Compliance Monitoring Unit.

This unit is geared towards safeguarding citizens’ rights and holding accountable those officers who engage in misconduct.

Dr. Arase firmly conveyed the unity between the Commission’s leadership and the Police force in their unwavering commitment to eradicating human rights abuses within the country.

He assured the visiting delegations that there would be no conflicts between the Commission and the Police Management regarding the operations of the CMU.

The Commission Chairman also underlined his stance against pre-trial detentions by the Police, emphasizing that the Commission would no longer tolerate detentions beyond the legal limits.

He further announced that officers with pending human rights cases would not be eligible for promotions or postings, unless their cases were thoroughly investigated and resolved by the Police Complaints Unit.

As the Compliance Monitoring Unit takes shape, Arase appealed for support in expanding the system’s capabilities to effectively track complaints against the Police. The Commission anticipates a surge in reported incidents, underscoring the necessity for advanced systems.

This landmark collaboration between the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Police Service Commission signifies a powerful collective effort to reshape Nigeria’s law enforcement landscape, ensuring accountability, transparency, and the protection of citizens’ rights.

The shared commitment to eradicating human rights abuses is poised to create a lasting impact, fostering a stronger partnership between national and international stakeholders striving for justice and equality.

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