The CLEEN Foundation is conducting a training of trainers workshop for police officers in Nigeria

The CLEEN Foundation is conducting a training of trainers workshop for police officers in Nigeria

The CLEEN Foundation is conducting a training of trainers workshop for police officers in Nigeria

A two-day training of trainers workshop for Nigerian Police officers was held yesterday in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria.

Dr. Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, in a statement on the purpose, said the training focused on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, where police officers from the 28 states of the federation participated.

According to him, “the police as the gatekeepers of the criminal justice system need continuous training and retraining to effectively discharge their constitutional mandate to maintain law and order and protect life and property in a professional manner and within the law”.

He named some of the states the policemen were taken from as: Lagos, Anambra, Ekiti, Enugu, Rivers, Delta, Kaduna, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Oyo and Kogi, Ogun, Plateau, Bayelsa, Edo, Benue, Adamawa, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Kano, Yobe, Kwara and Osun.

The director also explained that the seminar organized by the Foundation is being held at an extremely important moment for our country in view of the escalating criminality.

The multitude of reports of human rights violations, complaints of non-compliance with the law by law enforcement authorities and the need for speedy consideration of criminal cases in the country.

ACJA 2015, as we know, brought fundamental reforms to our criminal justice system.

The law is intended not only to preserve and strengthen existing legal frameworks, but also to increase the effectiveness of institutions in the criminal justice system and the protection of human rights of citizens – suspects, accused and victims.

The legislative objective of the 2015 ACJA is to have national application, thereby introducing a national criminal procedure law that will regulate the investigation and prosecution of offenses throughout the federation.

The Act, being an Act of the National Assembly, is applicable only to the Federal Capital Territory and to the Federal Courts and other federal institutions, including the Nigeria Police, but many states are beginning to enact the Act.

His words: “Findings from public perception surveys, CLEEN, conducted in 2017 and 2018 respectively to monitor the reform process of criminal justice administration, show a low level of awareness among criminal justice institutions, including the police, and as the number of states adopting the law increases, it is appropriate to ensure sufficient awareness of the provisions of the law and their applicability in criminal proceedings.”

Against this backdrop and in support of our commitment to support the efforts of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to improve police professionalism and service delivery, the CLEEN Foundation is implementing a series of training programs for police officers across the country, starting with this workshop for Training of Trainers (ToT) to improve the knowledge and capacity of officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force on ACJA 2015 with a view to deepening their understanding of the dynamics and nuances involved in the implementation of the law.

This training workshop will draw on the experiences of senior police officers on the ground, examine the role that law enforcement and security actors such as the police are expected to play in promoting the implementation of the ACJA, the associated challenges they face and providing mitigation strategize.

It is expected that at the end of the training the trained staff will be better equipped and positioned to deal with criminal cases from an informed and enlightened perspective of the law.

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