28 May 2014

Nigeria: IG Restates Commitment to Protect Children's Rights

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday restated the commitment of the Nigeria Police to protect the rights of children and preserve the sanctity of their innocence.

The IG who was represented by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, made this disclosure during the 2014 children's day security summit organised by the Patrick Agbambu-led Security Watch Africa in collaboration with the state police command.

Manko said the police under the leadership of Abubakar has engaged in a massive security awareness campaign in schools and other public places to safeguard the lives of children and the entire citizenry.

He said, "the IG takes security of children very seriously and the Nigeria Police is committed to security of our children both in their schools and when they are at play.

"We are assuring the children that their rights will be protected by the police, just as the police will ensure that persons who abuse children will not go free.

"Children have rights and these rights are not negotiable. They have rights to life, rights to education, and rights to a secured environment where they are loved and nurtured to become good citizens.

"The unborn child has to be protected from harm and as law enforcement agents, the police is conversant and committed to protecting and upholding these rights at all times and that is why we have the human rights desk in all our police formations.

"Children should not open doors to strangers without the consent of their parents. Every child should know his or her parents' name, phone numbers and address and other security tips they need to know."

Officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, the National Drug law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also took time to speak to the children about security tips.

Mrs. Kate Onyechi, from the NDLEA charged the children to shun illicit drugs, adding that acts of terrorism are influenced by taking hard drugs and this is why the fight against terrorism also involves the NDLEA checking the abuse of hard drugs in our society.

She said, "some of you take stimulants to keep you awake when you are reading for exams but abusing that stimulant by taking excess of it is bad for your health. Do not take alcohol and too much caffeine.

"Report any adult who is luring you to abuse drugs to the appropriate authority. You should read ahead of your examination so that you do not end up taking stimulant to keep you awake at night."

NIS Zonal Public Relations Officer, Zone A, Ishola John, said the service is collaborating with other security agencies to check crime against children in the country.

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