Police Detention Facilities Set For Human Right Auditing
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has granted an approval for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to audit all police detention centers spread across the country.
The detention facilities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), would also be included in the investigation.
The information, which was disclosed in a statement in Abuja by the Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Abayomi Shogunle, says the NHCR would visit all detention cells in all police commands and formations across the country.
According to him, “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 of force and abuse of the practice 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.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has approved the request of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to commence an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria including those of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“These visits will enable the NHRC oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake general audit of the state of police detention facilities (cells) in the country.
“This exercise is part of the NHRC 2018 audit of police detention centers in Nigeria.”
Naija News reports that the NHRC was established by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) ACT, 1995 as amended to deal with all matters relating to promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.
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