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POLICE: CLO MEETS AKWA IBOM CP, SEEKS PROFESSIONALISM AND IMPROVED WELFARE FOR OFFICERS

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom Branch on Friday, 12th August, 2022 paid a familarity/advocacy visit to the new Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Olatoye Durosinmi, in his office.

Addressing CP Durosinmi, the State Chairman of the CLO, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, welcomed the CP to Akwa Ibom State, commending him for transforming the Office of the Commissioner of Police within the short period of his arrival.

The CLO made a case for the training and retraining of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force in the State to enable them discharge their duties without infringing the fundamental rights of members of the public, stressing the need for trained and seasoned police officers to be drafted into the investigation departments of the State Command.

The CLO boss observed that contrary to the notion that “bail is free”, members of the public are usually constrained by unconscionable police operatives to pay for bail.

The international human rights group drew the CP’s attention to Section 106(d) of the Akwa Ibom State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2022 which, by implication, prohibits lay police operatives from prosecuting cases in the courts of Akwa Ibom State, urging the CP to recruit more lawyers into the Legal Department of the State Police Command to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

Comrade Isong expressed worry over the resort by some police operatives to the seizure and search of the contents of mobile phones, laptops or such other electronic devices at check points without notice to or consent of the owners of such devices, stating that such actions violate the fundamental right to privacy guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

The CLO advocated for improved welfare packages for officers and men/women of the Nigeria Police Force, with emphasis on those serving in Akwa Ibom State.

The CLO observed the inadequacy of office space at the Akwa Ibom State Police Headquarters calling on the CP to provide more office spaces for his officers.

Comrade Franklyn Isong commended the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for supporting the Police and other security agencies in the State. The CLO, however, appealed to Governor Emmanuel to provide more patrol vehicles and other security gadgets to the Police to ensure effective policing of the State.

The CLO commended the various operational units of the State Police Command. The human rights group lauded the efforts of the Commander of the Quick Response Squad (QRS), CSP Nuhu Mathias, and his team in the security of the State and called on the CP to provide the QRS with more patrol vehicles and other security gadgets to enable men/women of the unit patrol the nooks and crannies of the State.

The CLO lauded the efforts of the CP geared towards combating and checking sea piracy within the shores of Akwa Ibom State.

In his response, the Commissioner of Police thanked members of the CLO for the visit. He emphasised the Inspector-General of Police’s laudable welfare policy, which is in sync with the IGP’s strict policy on the discipline of errant officers and men/women of the Nigeria Police Force. The CP stated that he does not, and will not, condone the abuse of the fundamental rights of members of the public by police operatives. He urged the citizenry to cooperate with the Police.

CP Olatoye Durosimi called on the CLO to continue to partner with the Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom State Command in the security of the State.

Other members of CLO on the visit were Comrade (Barr.) Christopher Ekpo, Secretary; Comrade (Barr.) Godknows Njoku, Treasurer; Comrade (Rev.) David Essien, Comrade Idorenyin Sampson and Comrade Eridiong Obong.

The meeting had the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, DCP Arikpo Ofem, and the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko McDon, and other senior Police officers in the State Command in attendance.

Signed
Comrade (Barr) Christopher Ekpo
State Secretary of CLO
Saturday, 13th August, 2022.

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