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RULAAC Seeks Rejuvenation Of Nigeria Open Justice System



Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) in collaboration with Nigerian Police on Friday presented a report on the inauguration and launch of  Police Stakeholders Partnership Forum (PSPF) Anambra State tagged” Building Stakeholding in  Security Provision”  in Lagos.

Speaking with the newsmen on the report, Group Executive Director, Okechukwu Nwanguma, said the Police Stakeholders Partnership Forum (PSPF) was inaugurated and officially lunched by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP, John Abang in Akwa on November 27, 2019 and  inaugurated to fill the gap in citizens awareness of the  Anambra State Administration of Criminal Justice law (ACJL)2010 and to address the deficit in monitoring capacity within communities.

He said RULAAC in collaboration with the Anambra State Police Command and the support from open society Justice Initiative to foster the PSPF in Anambra State as a platform for monitoring compliance by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the ACJL with the roll-out of community policing by the NPF.

“The platform serves to promote stakeholders understanding and participation in its implementation”

“It also serve as a mechanism for holding NPF Personnel to account for right violations while growing skill and awareness to ensure prevention and education of such violations.”

According to him, the launch of the PSPF was attended by over 50 persons and participants were drawn from diverse group and stakeholders including the media, community based, academics, women and youth organization and many more.

‘NPF Force Order (FO)20 signed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Sunday Arase, to formalize the scheme and address free legal services for arrested or detain persons in police formation and initiates the police duty Solicitor Scheme as a country- wide mechanism for its delivery.

“He cited the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Íkorodu as providing a good example of how the NBA everywhere around the country should key in the effort at providing assistance to citizens who come in contact with the police and criminal justice reform in general.”

He added that, the robust discussion, interaction and engagement by participants of the issue raised followed with participants unanimously welcoming the initiative.

“Many emphasized the need for the stakeholders in the state to own and make the PSPF work and nothing that what OSJI and RULAAC have done was only to open up opportunities for stakeholders and all residents of the state who are the ones directly affected by police abused and other failures within the Criminal Justice System (CJS).