Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 January 2013

Nigeria: Huriwa Wants Judicial Commission On Police Colleges

Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to set up judicial commission of inquiry made up of tested and trusted Nigerians to probe the rot in the police training colleges.

The group said in a statement yesterday jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Officer, Miss. Zainab Yusuf, that the inquiry should be led by a serving Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria of high repute to unravel the circumstances and identify persons surrounding the corruption and theft of budgetary releases to the police from 1999 till date.

The group also faulted the decision of the Police Affairs Minister Caleb Olubolade to set up ministerial committees on the rot in police colleges across the country.

"HURIWA believes that an accused cannot constitute himself into a prosecutor and the judge in his own case even as the Rights group believe that only an independent Judicial Commission of inquiry can dispassionately determine the characters responsible for the obscene decay in the Nigeria Police Force as an institution," the group said.

HURIWA also tasked the National Assembly constitutional review committee to include a new provision in the coming constitution for the creation of state and municipal policing institutions as are done in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States.

It said state police would help tackle insecurity across the country which the present police failed to deal with.

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