The Acting Inspector General of Police, Egbetokun has commissioned Police Complaints Response Unit In Lagos.
IGP’s visit to Lagos State Police Command to engage officers and stakeholders, and commission Complaint Response Unit, according to sec 131 of the Police Act 2020. CRU brought to your doorstep in Lagos.
According to the IGP, CRU will be established in all the states of the federation and FCT. Barr Olumide Akpata, SAN promised to build in Edo and Delta, while Femi Falana, SAN, promised to do the same in some states.
The Police Unit has promised to respond to complaints from citizens and everyone swiftly with immediate actions. God bless NPF, God bless Nigeria.
He noted that the CRU was not established to witch-hunt any police officer but to promote accountability in the police.
“It is going to enhance police-community collaboration and build confidence with members of the public,” he said.
He appealed to the public to supply the police with information, stressing that the police would also show transparency so as to get cooperation from the public.
Egbetokun advised the public to desist from reporting police misconduct on social media.
“Officers who are going to man the CRU are going to be carefully selected, they are going to be officers with impeccable integrity.
“They will be trained and be given regular training, including opportunity for overseas training.
“If the police is able to deliver on their constitutional mandate, we will all benefit from it,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa, said that the command had taken the lead to establish the state CRU as a framework for promoting Police-Citizens’ accountability.
“Their rights will be fully asserted, if their dignity is also violated or false and malicious information passed against them by misguided members of the public in the line of their official engagements.
“The establishment of the center is, from all intents and purposes, a fulfilment of statutory provisions that is intended to enhance police accountability and engender professional police service delivery, rather than witch – hunt or unduly malign our dutiful officers,” he said.