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An advocacy group, Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has called on the Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to respect citizens’ rights even as they seek to ensure speedy dispensation of criminal justice.

The chairperson, NOPRIN Coordinating Committee, Savior Akpan, gave the charge on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the group’s book presentation titled “Police Compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act” held at Watercress hotel, ikeja, Lagos.

Akpan stresses that police brutality on innocent citizens is becoming rampant across the country, adding that invading into people’s privacies is alien to the law.

He discloses that NOPRIN was set up to monitor cases of Police corruption, Police brutality and the force general deviations from the law. He thereby advises the police and other law enforcement agencies to shun the act of transferring punishment of criminal offences to parents or relatives of suspects, adding that every suspect remains innocent until proven guilty by the law.

Also speaking, the Executive Director, ‘Project Alert on Violence Against Women’, and member, NOPRIN Foundation’s Coordinating Committee, Mrs. Josphine Effah Chukwuma, says punishment of crime cannot be transferred to suspects’ relatives unless there is a direct involvement of the persons to the crime. She however recommends sensitization of police personnel as the best way to curb police brutality.

While addressing the gathering, NOPRIN’s National Coordinator, Ikule Emmanuel states that the book is a report on the research carried out by the group, adding that there are lots of short comings and inadequacies in the police system in the country.

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