30 November 2012

Nigeria: Boat Mishap - Council to Enforce Life-Jacket Use

Following the recent boat mishap in Lagos waters which claimed some lives, one of the affected councils in Lagos State has reiterated its readiness to enforce the use of life-jackets by boat users.

Last month, no fewer than five persons were drowned when the boat ferrying them from Ido Oluwo, Oto/Awori Local Council Development Area, Lagos, capsized.

Chairman of the council, Mr. Kayode Robert, said the need to enforce the use of life-jackets by passengers has become imperative as a result of the increasing cases of loss of lives in the waters. He revealed that a plan to enforce the use of life-jackets by passengers of canoes in all communities in the area was already in place.

He blamed the passengers of the boat for not using their life-jackets which, according to him, would have reduced the casualty figures. He disclosed that the council would provide more life-jackets to residents of communities in the riverside and make efforts to ensure that people make use of the jackets while boarding river crafts in the area.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police has constituted a set of new rules that is aimed at regulating police officers both while on or off duty.

A statement signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba, said the "special code of conduct and professional standards for officers of the Nigeria Police Force" is a set of rules collated and formulated under the leadership of the current Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Dikko Abubakar, for guiding and regulating the behaviour of Police officers in Nigeria, while on or off duty.

According to him, the code contains standard policing rules and contemporary international best practices in law enforcement as available in various United Nations Conventions, the Nigeria constitution, Police Act and Regulations and other domestic statutes.

It is intended to be used by Police officers in determining what is right and proper in all their actions. The code is designed to promote efficiency and effectiveness of Police services by promoting transparency, accountability and a deeper sense of civilian oversight on police activities.

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