IG Ap­proves NHRC’s Re­quest for Au­dit of Po­lice De­ten­tion Cells

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Me­nionyewie Glory

The Inspector-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has ap­proved the re­quest of the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) to carry out an in­de­pen­dent au­dit of de­ten­tion cells in all po­lice com­mands and for­ma­tions in Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­proval, the au­dit would also in­clude all de­ten­tion cells of the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS).

The Head, Pub­lic Com­plaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the ACP Abay­omi Shogunle, made the dis­clo­sure in a state­ment yes­ter­day in Abuja.

He said the au­dit would en­able the hu­man rights com­mis­sion to over­see the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion of de­tainees as well as un­der­take gen­eral au­dit of the state of po­lice de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties (cells) in the coun­try.

He ex­plained that “this ex­er­cise is part of the NHRC 2018 au­dit of po­lice de­ten­tion cen­tres in Nige­ria.’’

The NHRC had urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­view the pre-trial de­ten­tion sys­tem, al­leg­ing ex­ces­sive use and abuse of the prac­tice in Nige­ria. The com­mis­sion was es­tab­lished by the NHRC ACT, 1995 as amended to deal with all mat­ters re­lat­ing to pro­mo­tion, pro­tec­tion and en­force­ment of hu­man rights in Nige­ria.

The PCRRU was es­tab­lished by the po­lice au­thor­i­ties in 2015 with a man­date to re­ceive and re­solve cases of pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct brought against of­fi­cers.

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