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Lawyer tasks new IGP on professionalism

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Acting Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu

A human rights lawyer, Adeola Oyinlade, has urged the new Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, to be professional and write his name in gold by giving Nigerians the new police they are craving for to gain the trust of the society.

He called for a human rights based approach to policing, by ensuring that the force actions are in accordance with the fundamental principles for the development of a fair and just society.

Oyinlade, who is the convener of “Know Your Rights Nigeria” platform, said for the police force to engender trust and encourage the reporting of crimes, by contributing to more effective crime fighting and enhancement of justice, safeguarding the fundamental rights of all citizens is required.

In an open letter to the new IGP, Oyinlade drew his attention to human rights issues begging for prompt action in Nigeria. He stressed that the effect of the violations of human rights of the people is the gradual erosion of public confidence.

He urged Adamu to take critical look at issues of torture, indiscriminate arrests and extortion of people, abuse of use of firearms, unjustifiable use of force, brutality, amongst others.

He also urged the police boss to set up effective human rights desks to be manned by qualified personnel in all police stations, commands and zonal commands nationwide across the country with the mandate to attend to cases of human rights abuses.

While there should be a working mechanism in place to honour officers, who have been killed on the lines of duty, the human rights lawyer advised that welfare and special promotions for dedicated officers, who have done the country proud, should not be monetised or politicised.


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