Abuja (Nigeria) – Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has highlighted the essence of professionalism among Police officers saying, it was imperative for officers to exhibit professionalism while respecting human rights at the course of discharging their duties.
Arase made this known during a Seminar and book launch in Abuja as part of activities lined up for the 2016 Nigeria Police Week Celebration. The theme for the celebration is, “International Human Rights Standards and Trends in Community-Driven Policing.”
According to him, policing under a democratic setting imposes a sacred and legal obligation of respect for citizens’ rights by law enforcement agents, particularly, Police.
While acknowledging the impunity with which the Nigeria Police infringes on the fundamental human rights of the citizens, he maintained the Force remains conscious and sensitive to the need to respect citizens’ rights in the discharge of their duties.
Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Dambazzau, in a remark commended the leadership of Police Force for its policing vision but was quick to remind the officers of the need to focus on professionalism in order to execute their constitutional mandate.
The theme of the seminar focused on rebranding the police Force to become human rights-friendly.