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BPSR flays police over alleged poor management of complaint desks

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The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has accused the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) of lacking the requisite skills to man the public complaint desks nationwide.It particularly blamed the force for not observing uniform guidelines and procedures on bail.The bureau canvassed that the police should observe global practices in respect of arrest, detention and bail of suspects in the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The BPSR was established to initiate, coordinate and ensure full implementation of government’s reforms, policies and programmes among others.The bureau’s Acting Director-General, Ibrahim Arabi, made the disclosure yesterday during the presentation of his institutional assessment reports to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, in Abuja.

The exercise was conducted between October 2017 and February this year across the six geo-political zones and the FCT. A state was chosen from all of the six regions with the approval given the IGP in September 2017 for the bureau to conduct two research studies on the force.

In a statement yesterday, BPSR’s Deputy Director & Head, Strategic Communications Department, Phil Oshodin, said: ‘’The assessments were carried out in six police commands and formations in Akwa Ibom, Borno, Edo, Enugu, Kano, Lagos states and the FCT. The main objective of the studies was to identify the challenges that have hindered the effectiveness of the police internal complaint mechanism, clarify the specific barriers and bottlenecks on bail that hamper the effectiveness and efficiency of the process and provide evidence-based recommendations for reforms.”

The Acting DG said for effective assessment, BPSR adopted some approaches, including meetings and interviews with senior police officers at the force headquarters as well as state commissioners of police and other personnel at select commands.

Meanwhile, the Geoffrey Victor-led Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad in Imo has arrested the suspected killers of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Amos Akano.The deceased was reportedly abducted on his way home after a meeting of the party in Owerri, the capital, only to be found dead by the roadside a couple of days later.

The suspects were apprehended while waiting to collect ransom from the late politician’s relations.The Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galandanchi, who confirmed the arrest, added that the suspects were held in Ihiala, Anambra State.He named those arrested as Ikenna Nwosu (aka Ezego); Chibuike Martins; Emeka Eke; Chijioke Akukara among others.


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