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Lagos, FCT, Rivers Commands Top Professional Misconduct In CRU 2016 Q2 Report

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Posted: Jul 21, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Lagos, FCT-Abuja and Rivers States Police Commands again remained at the top of cases of professional misconduct against officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in the second quarter report released by the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) of the Force on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Abuja.

The report however indicated an overall decline in the number of complaints from 1, 504 in the first quarter report that covered January, February and March 2016 to 906 complaints in the second quarter report of April, May and June.

The report showed Lagos, FCT-Abuja, Rivers and Anambra State Police Commands accounted for 54.02 per cent of total complaints received.

Jigawa, Yobe and Kebbi State Police Commands were at the bottom with no case reported against the Police during period under review. Kebbi State Police Command continued to keep a clean sheet with no complaint filed against the Police since the inception of the CRU in November 2015.

19 other State Commands namely: Abia, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Taraba, Ebonyi, Kogi, Nasarawa and Edo as well as FCT-Abuja Command however showed a decline compared to the number reported in during the 2016 first quarter report.

Acting commissioner of Police (ACP) Abayomi Shogunle, in charge of the CRU attributed the decline in the number of complaints against the Police to the increasing compliance by Nigeria Police Officers to professional best practices in the conduct of their official duties.

According to the report, out of the 906 cases received, 799 were successfully resolved/closed, 35 cases were found to be false/unrelated while 72 cases are still pending as investigation were still ongoing while telephone tops the most in reporting platforms with 537 calls.

The CRU head added that Mr. Ibrahim Idris’ acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) directive via a circular to all Police Commands / Formations nationwide to ensure that appropriate and timely actions are taken regarding all matters and issues brought to their notice by the CRU also contributed to the reduction.

The CRU boss said that the Unit had also embarked on special monitoring patrol of activities of Safer Highway Patrol teams as well as visitation of selected Police stations in the South-West, South South, South East and North-Central regions of the country as part of measures taken to ensure that Police operate within the acceptable standards.

He said that the CRU also facilitated a research visitation by Amnesty International Nigeria to detention facilities of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Anambra, FCT-Abuja and Enugu Police Commands in the month of June 2016 to enable Amnesty International get a fuller understanding of the operations and workings of SARS, the report added.

Mr. Solomon Arase, immediate past Inspector General of Police (IGP) established the CRU in November 2015, to resolve complaints, concerns and queries regarding activities of officers and men of the Force.