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CSOs, others say improved police welfare will reduce extortion

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
08 April 2022   |   2:39 am
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), religious bodies, students unions, heads of security agencies and other stakeholders in Imo State have insisted that improved welfare of police

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), religious bodies, students unions, heads of security agencies and other stakeholders in Imo State have insisted that improved welfare of police personnel will curb the rampant extortion and harassment of citizens by the police officers.

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The Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Imo State, Mrs. Ukachi Ukah; the Executive Director, Vivacious Development Initiative, Onyinyechi Nwosu, and others made the case, yesterday, at a youth summit on Extortion, Harassment and Human Rights Abuses organised by Youth and Students Advocates for Development Initiative (YSAD) in Owerri.

According to them, until the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is reformed and adequately funded, efforts to instil discipline and professionalism in the institution will continue to remain a mirage.

Nwosu said: “A genuine reform will continue to elude us if the welfare of officers is not properly taken into consideration. Therefore, we should jointly demand proper implementation of the Police Act 2020 and a review of the Police Trust Fund Act 2019.”

Human rights activist, Jaja Martins, affirmed that a poorly remunerated police, who is constantly faced with family’s financial challenges, would certainly cut corners on his job.

“Brutality, which is consequent upon extortion, occurs as a result of government’s inability to properly take care of the welfare of police officers.”

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of YSAD, Obinna Nwagbara, had said: “While many of us would want to blame the police officers for resorting to extortion, we must also not forget that at the heart of much of the abuses and abnormalities we see today is systemic disregard for the welfare of personnel.”

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