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NHRC SEEKS DECONGESTION OF POLICE CELLS

Posted: 2019-05-31


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command to take steps to decongest Police cells to avoid further violation of rights of suspects whose detention have needlessly been prolonged.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq who made this call when he led the management team in a working visit to the FCT Commissioner of Police (CP), Bala Ciroma observed that NHRC's investigation of cases of rights violations against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police in the FCT revealed that some crime suspects have been held in custody for a period of eight months and beyond.

The Executive Secretary solicited improved working relationship between the Police Command and the Commission and urged the CP to appoint an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) to coordinate the human rights desk offices across all Police formations in the FCT, pointing out that such initiative has in the past been of immense benefit to both organizations in their related mandates of protecting the rights of citizens.

He stated that quick response from the Police on Commission's requests for reports on complaints of rights violations will assist the Commission to timely forward its annual reports on human rights to the National Assembly as well as comply with the NHRC Standing Order and Rules of Procedure which requires that complaints of human rights violations are resolved within three months.

According to the the Executive Secretary, if a very senior officer like the ACP liases between the CP and the Commission, it will result in speedy resolution of human rights complaints involving the Police and minimize the issue of prolonged detention in Police cells

Ojukwu also advised the Police to take the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) more seriously and sensitize the officers on how best to handle it saying "such cases are getting more sophisticated and we cannot afford to run a society where men have the liberty to assault women and we treat it with levity"

The Executive Secretary informed the CP that the Commission would be willing to train Officers and men of FCT Police Command on mainstreaming human rights in their operation

In his response, the FCT CP, Bala Ciroma said he was highly elated with the visit of the Executive Secretary and his management team adding that his Command will continue to cooperate with the Commission to ensure that the rights of citizens in FCT are adequately protection

The CP said that it is not a luxury to keep crime suspects in custody stressing that the Police are often confronted with the challenge of rigorous investigations of cases like murder, rape, kidnapping and armed robbery, which he noted require trial in court.

The Police boss in the FCT assured the Commission that Police will put more efforts in ensuring that the rights of crime suspects in custody and indeed the rights of people in the FCT are better protected in accordance with the law

He stated that he had already appointed an Assistant Commission Police (ACP) to liaise with the Commission to continuously address emerging complaints of human rights violations involving the Police


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