Nigeria police set to adopt less-lethal approaches, equipment in its policing duties

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THE Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has said that the Nigeria Police will adopt less-lethal approaches and equipment in its policing duties in order to ensure that the sacred lives of the citizens are not endangered in the line of duties. Speaking at the Conference with senior police officers on Thursday, Oct, 3, in Abuja, Adamu said: ‘’I have at various fora confirmed our determination to adopt less-lethal approaches and equipment in our policing duties. This is with the intention of ensuring that the sacred lives of the citizens whom we swore to serve and protect are not endangered in the line of our duties. ‘’The Nigeria Police under our watch, will not only continually emplace strategies that are potent enough to deal with the emerging trends of crime, we are determined to attain this mandate within the dictates of rule of law, uncompromising respect for human rights, and best global policing practices.’’ He disclosed that actions have been initiated towards the acquisition and deployment of electro-muscular disruption technology-based weaponry, which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for low-risk police operations in  order to address public concerns on misuse of firearms by the Police with its attendant consequences on lives and effect on the attainment of our community policing vision. He added that special training's are being organised for the Special Units of the Police, including the Police Mobile Force, Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Anti-Robbery detachments, Anti-Kidnapping Squads and the Criminal Investigation Operatives to equip them with the right orientation for policing in the 21st Century and align their operations within the expectations of the law and the citizens. “In order to situate our vision in this regard to the standards of democratic policing, which is hinged on the protection of fundamental human rights, it is considered expedient that Force Order 237 which defines our Rules of Engagement (RoE) be reviewed, standardised and simplified. “I am delighted to announce that with the support of our local and internal partners, we have successfully completed the process of reviewing the document and today, we shall be formally launching the Revised Force Order 237 (RFO) which is not only comprehensive and modernised but simplified for ease of comprehension by all members of the Force. The launch of the first two thousand (2,000) copies of the document will be undertaken in the course of this meeting. “We are immensely grateful to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, the Swiss Government, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and AIG Austin Iwar (rtd) among others who collaborated with the Nigeria Police towards achieving this feat,” he said. – Oct. 4, 2019 @ 10:49 GMT |

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