Reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force

I am more than happy to receive you all on this occasion of the presentation of the Report of the Presidential Panel on respiratory disorder Reform, that was implanted as a results of public outcry and varied media reports on allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Reforming and placement the Nigeria law to be simpler and economical in safeguarding lives and properties, apprehending offenders and customarily rising the interior security of our Nation in line with our laws and international best practices has been one among the main policies of this Administration.

In order to reposition the Nigeria law to effectively do its statutory responsibilities, i’ve got taken major steps by increasing the work force of the Nigeria Police in addition as rising the welfare of cops, as a result of they place their lives on the
front line on a daily in order that the remainder folks might freely approach our business in safety.

However, in finishing up their statutory responsibilities, the Police should in the least times act at intervals the orbit of the law and must not violate the basic human rights of Nigerians whom they need sworn to guard.

Where the rights of Nigerians are desecrated by cops whereas discharging their functions, the govt contains a responsibility to handle the instances of violation in line with its human rights obligations and make sure that such cops are control in command of their actions.

It is in recognition of our obligations below the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria and International Human Rights
Laws, that this Administration set to line up this Presidential
Panel and directed the National Human Rights Commission to
constitute its membership so as to analyze the assorted public
outcries and media reports alleging human rights violations
against voters by officers of respiratory disorder.

The panel was authorised to create applicable recommendations not only for holding cops found wanting responsible, but also, on ways in which respiratory disorder and by extension, the Nigeria Police might be usually reformed.

The decision leading the National Human Rights Commission to represent the membership of the Panel and to require the lead in investigation the aforementioned allegations of human rights violation, was borne out of the mandate of the National Human Rights Commission that embody the promotion, protection and social control of human rights in Nigeria as enshrined below sections five and half dozen of the NHRC Act, 1995 (as amended).

It is conjointly in recognition of the very fact that the choices, determinations and proposals of the Commission are binding and enforceable as provided below section twenty two of the NHRC Act, 1995 (as amended).

I am terribly pleased with the work of the Panel and impart the Panel members for operating arduous towards the conclusion of the Presidential Directive.

I believe that the Report of the Panel and proposals contained in this would go a protracted means in redressing the grievances of the complainants, guarantee answerability on the a part of the cops in discharging their responsibilities and facilitate the assorted Police reforms being introduced by this administration.

I want to assure you and every one Nigerians that this Administration can still fulfill its obligations of promoting and protective human rights of Nigerians, and can provide the National Human Rights Commission all the support needed to confirm full implementation of the recommendations contained in its Report.

In addition, we are going to strengthen the operations of the Commission to boost its effectiveness and capability to resolve cases of human rights violations.

This administration is tuned in to the role the Commission plays in guaranteeing security and stability within the nation through the resolution of complaints of human rights violations, that if neglected, may result into major security challenges.

As you’re aware, i’ve got recently approved the reconstitution of the Governing Council of the Commission. The names of the Council members are going to be submitted to the National Assembly for confirmation before the inauguration of the Council in line with NHRC Act, 1995 (as amended).

I want to impart the Panel another time, and herewith direct that since the recommendations of the Commission that implanted the Panel are enforceable as choices of the Court, that the military officer of Police and also the peace officer of the Federation/Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice meet with the Commission to figure out the modalities for the implementation of the Report at intervals three months from these days.

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