The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, says the Nigeria Police Force will ensure the rule of law and human rights best practices in the discharge of its constitutional mandate. Idri, represented by the Deputy IGP in charge of Training and Development, Mr Sani Mohammed, said this in Umuahia on Monday, at the opening of a two-day human rights training programme.
The programme was organised by the Nigerian police force, in collaboration with Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), a non-governmental organisation. According to the IGP, the fundamental duties of a police officer include serving the community, safeguarding lives and property, protecting the innocent, keeping peace and ensuring that the rights of all to liberty, equality and justice is respected.
Idris said that to achieve this, an enhanced human rights teaching syllabus was developed to address gaps in the existing police teaching curriculum in police training institutions, particularly the area dealing with human rights principles.
He said that a human rights training manual was also developed as a major resource for the teaching of Human Rights Principles in police training, to further achieve the target objective.
He expressed confidence that the series of seminars and workshops being organised for police officers would help to equip them with the necessary skills to protect human rights in the discharge of their duties.