Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, says a Code of Conduct has said professional standards have been drawn up for policemen while human rights desks will be established in police stations across the country.
Abubakar said this while receiving a copy of the enhanced police training syllabus from the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Andreas Baum, in Abuja on Monday.
He also said the police would activate a methodology and teaching manual for use by their training institutions and colleges to ensure sound implementation.
The IG said, “To demonstrate our commitment to the respect of human rights and the proper conduct of policemen in the performance of their duties, this administration has developed and will soon inaugurate a Code of Conduct and professional standards for all officers, as well as establishing human rights desks in all police formations that will be manned by qualified personnel.
“This administration is strongly committed to ensuring that police officers conduct official duties with utmost respect for the rights of citizens and persons under criminal investigation. In order to respect human rights therefore, the police must first know and understand them
“The police must be familiar with the standard international ethics and imbibe the very principles guiding the profession. This is the invaluable knowledge that the police must apply as they perform their duties.”
Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Parry Osayande, said with the reviewed syllabus, the police would perform better.
He said, “The Police Service Commission has a vision of a highly motivated, professional, disciplined and accountable police service that upholds human rights and is committed to improving service delivery by promoting transparency and accountability in the police.
“We are prepared to work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure operationalisation of the reviewed syllabus, especially in terms of development of the methodology and training manual.”
Baum, while appreciating the police and all stakeholders for their s “genuine commitment and collaboration towards the success of the human rights syllabus”, said the collaboration between the Nigerian police, relevant civil society actors, and international experts had been exemplary.
He said, “We are satisfied that together we have been able to accomplish some substantive work towards the quest for a policing that is effective, lawful and humane. One which is able to balance its enforcement responsibilities with the rights of the citizens it is policing.
“It is hope that this introduction of human rights as a major cross-cutting subject in the police curriculum will not only enhance the effective practice of policing, but also its moral, legal, and ethical imperatives.”