Rights com­mis­sion un­veils top 10 Po­lice sta­tions in Nigeria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

The Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) has un­veiled its list of top 10 Po­lice sta­tions in Nigeria for the year 2013.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­port showed that the Karu Po­lice Sta­tion, Abuja came tops with a 100 per­cent score while the Ilu­peju Po­lice Sta­tion, La­gos State, came sec­ond with 97.33 per­cent. The Ikoyi Po­lice sta­tion came third with 96 per­cent.

The com­mis­sion said it was in line of its man­date to visit po­lice sta­tions, pris­ons and other places of de­ten­tion in the coun­try and as­cer­tain their con­di­tions.

Speak­ing while giv­ing de­tails of the au­dit re­port in Abuja, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the com­mis­sion, Prof. Bem Angwe, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried out in 369 po­lice sta­tions un­der 21 po­lice state com­mands. They in­clude; Abia, Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Anam­bra, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe and Imo.

Other states are Ji­gawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, La­gos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zam­fara.

The visi­ta­tion was con­ducted along­side Al­tus Global Al­liance, Prof Angwe said.

The in­di­ca­tors used in the au­dit in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clude com­mu­nity ori­en­ta­tion, phys­i­cal con­di­tions and equal treat­ment of the pub­lic, trans­parency/ac­count­abil­ity as well as de­ten­tion con­di­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, part of the good prac­tices im­bibed by the po­lice is their abil­ity to ini­ti­ate the com­mu­nity po­lice fo­rum where they in­ter­act with lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions, ar­ti­sans, vol­un­tary polic­ing groups, land­lords, res­i­dence as­so­ci­a­tions amongst oth­ers.

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