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Police reform: FG presents documents, communication materials, others to IGP

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On Tuesday, Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, was presented with the Nigeria Police Force Strategy Communication Materials, documents and other working tools by representatives of the Police Reform and Transformation Office, which is affiliated with the Presidency.

The chief operating officer and senior special advisor on research and strategy to the president, Mr Tunji Lardner, led the officials.

According to the Force’s spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the materials were created as part of the Supporting Police Reform Processes in Nigeria project, which is run by the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Security Sector Reform Foundation. Other partners in the project include PORTO, the CLEEN Foundation, the NPF, and the office of the Chief of Staff to the President.

Adejobi said: “Mr Lardner noted that the project is part of the support to the police reform initiative in Nigeria to shape perceptions and enhance awareness of the law and the ongoing police reform process.

“The materials launched include 2,000 copies of the Police Act, 2020, 2,000 copies of the Presidential Roadmap on Police Reform, 4,000 copies of Frequently Asked Questions produced in English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo, and 1,000 flash drives containing various legislations on policing in Nigeria.”

He further noted that the e-copies of the materials were available for download on the NPF and the CLEEN Foundation websites.

Adejobi added: “Similarly, the IGP in conjunction with the European Union and the International Committee of the Red Cross, launched newly-produced Standard Operating Procedures on the conduct of investigations, arrest and management of persons in police detention and custody.

“Conducting investigative interviewing, search and seizures, identification parade, and conducting stop and search to boost smooth investigation, interrogation, and effective use and enforcement of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that the documents had been produced and circulated to officers and men of the NPF after they had undergone the necessary training sessions which would be continuous.

Adejobi said: “The IGP appreciates the efforts of the PORTO, the British Council, and ICRC towards fostering reforms in the policing system of the country.

“He expresses the commitment of the NPF towards fruitful partnerships for effective communication of the Presidential Reform Agenda across the board and sustainable reforms in the NPF.”

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