Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has unveiled a new blueprint that would guide officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force on issues of respect for human rights.
The guide is contained in a compendium entitled “Nigeria Police Force (1861 – 2016): Establishment Profile“, which was launched in Abuja yesterday.
The compendium documented the nearly 145 Years history of the Nigeria Police and recognises the strategic police actors that have guided the evolution of the Nigeria Police Force from colonial days to modern times.
Presenting the document to the public during a seminar and book launch to mark the 2016 Nigeria Police Week Celebrations, the IGP Arase stressed that the compendium has straightened the history of the Nigeria Police for record and reference purposes.
He said, “The essence is for us to tell our story for posterity sake. This is in recognition of the fact that any institution that fails to recognize and document its history stands the danger of creating a historical vacuum which will engender distorted narration of its evolution.
The police chief noted that the gathering essentially strives to entrench the virtues of rule of law in policing as well as recognize, articulate and present our rich history and policing journey.
“It is in furtherance of my determination to bequeath to this nation a reformed Police Force that is proud of its history and ready to face its future within the dictates of rule of law.
He expressed confidence that the Protocols which have been developed and captured in the ‘Operational Manual of International Human Rights Protocols and Guidelines’will serve the intended purpose of locating police operations within global human rights and professional dictates.
The Protocols covered Police Investigation, Police Arrest, Police Detention, Use of Force and Firearms, Management of Civil Disorder, Protection of Juveniles, Protection of Women, Protection of Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, Police Command and Management, Community Policing, and Policing in a Constitutional Democracy, among others.
The theme of the Seminar was “International Human Rights Standards and Trends in Community-Driven Policing”, an IGP Arase said policing under a democratic setting imposes a sacred and indeed, legal obligation of respect for citizens’ rights on law enforcement agents, particularly, Police personnel who are the prime security actors in the internal security architecture of the country.