The Nigerian Police Force has vowed to cooperate with Nigerian lawyers in upholding the Fundamental Human Rights of the citizens.
This was said yesterday by the AIG during the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch Stakeholders’ Engagement Dialogue at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 2, AIG Bode Adeleke who warmly welcomed the Lagos Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association Human Rights Committee, stressed the need for the rights of the citizens to be protected, although “it is not possible to get it 100%”.
Mrs Abiye Tam-George, the Vice Chairman of the NBA Lagos and Chairman, Human Rights Committee said, in her remarks, that Police Officers should be well trained and that there should be implementation of Pan-African Model Police Law for Africa. She noted that Lawyers brutalization should stop and that lawyers and the Police should be professional in carrying out their duties to clients.
The AIG, in his response, highlighted ways in which human rights should be protected. He stated that justice should not be delayed and jungle justice among the citizens must stop. He further noted the struggle in safeguarding human rights which emanates from certain customs especially as it relates to women and children’s rights. He noted that there is need to safeguard the rights of detainees and there should be proper means of identification by lawyers, police and the citizens.
Mrs Cardoso, a police officer said that lawyers should introduce themselves properly whenever they are in the police station for their clients and that they should be patient when filing report as that would enhance the discharge of duties by police officers.
Mr Charles Akinrosoye reiterated that Human Rights have come to stay and they should be embraced by both lawyers and police officers. He noted that lawyers must change their attitude towards police officers and urged them to drop the tag “learned” while addressing them. He stated that Lawyers should be humble in order to achieve more as the goal of both parties is to ensure effective justice delivery.
A lawyer, Nwachuckwu Okafor noted that Politicians using police officers (mopols) as their guards should cater for them and that this can be done by providing a bullet-proof vest for them, training their wives and children in case of death and that police commands should make them sign a contract of insurance.
The Dialogue touched on several issues bordering on collaboration by lawyers and police officers and discussions were also held on how to curb victimization, rape and infringement of law and order.
A Committee was set up to ensure proper implementation of the resolutions reached by the lawyers and police officers.
The Stakeholders Engagement Dialogue was held in commemoration of the 2022 International Human Rights Day with the topic: Implementation of Pan-African Parliament Model Police Law for Africa & The Formulation of Lawyers and Police Engagement Operational Directives in Police Formations.