CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organization, based in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, with a national spread, has raised issues bordering on sexual-based violence, police trust fund law, insecurity, and effective monitoring of the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, by the Nigeria Police Force.
Benson Olugbuo, Ph.D, Executive Director of the foundation raised the issues when he led members of his team, comprising Mrs Ruth Olofin, and Mr. Oluwole Ojewale, on a visit to the inspector-general of police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, yesterday in Abuja.
Olugbuo raised pertinent issues bordering on Nigeria Police Trust Fund Law; rising and perceived insecurity in Nigeria; election security management and prosecution of electoral offenders; the Nigeria Police Force and the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015; response of the Police to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in different parts of Nigeria; police operations in preventing and countering violent extremism, and the new regime of community policing in Nigeria among other issues.
Responding, IGP Adamu itemized the proactive steps the police is taking to reduce crimes and criminality across Nigeria. He the NGO for her commitment to evidence-driven advocacy which has spanned over 20 years.
He also urged it and other non-state actors not to focus on the shortcomings of the Police only, but to also commend the Force for good practices as this would surely boost the morale of the officers.
He tasked the CLEEN Foundation to continue to provide advocacy support towards the operationalization and effective implementation of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act 2019by guiding against potential abuse of the fund by some vested interests.
On this note, the Executive Director of the CLEEN Foundation intimated the Inspector General of Police that the CLEEN Foundation will hold a National Workshop in Abuja on the 4th and 5th of September, 2019 to discuss Police Budget and the operationalization of the Trust Fund.
The Executive Director of the foundation, informed the IGP that the meeting will bring relevant stakeholders together to dialogue and present a sustainable framework for the management and utilization of the Police Trust Fund in Nigeria.
Considering recent security developments in the country, the CLEEN Foundation also notified the Inspector General of Police about the Public Safety and Security Dialogue Series which will take place in the last quarter of the year with a focus on inter-agency collaboration and synergy among the security agencies in Nigeria.
The meeting concluded with a re-assurance from the Inspector General of Police that the Nigeria Police Force will continue to partner with CLEEN Foundation and other non-profit organizations on broader issues of public safety and security in Nigeria.