By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja
Against the backdrop of alleged Police brutalization of girls employees on the Women Aid Collective (WACOL) workplace in Enugu, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has mentioned the officers concerned will face the complete wrath of the legislation to function a deterrent to others.
The resolution of the fee adopted its endorsement of the report of the Special Panel of Enquiry arrange by the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command on the alleged Police brutality on the Women Aid Collective (WACOL), Enugu State.
According to Ikechukwu Ani, spokesman of PSC, “The Report beneficial that the Police Officers who have been straight concerned within the incident be made to face full disciplinary measures to function a deterrent to others.
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“The Report also recommended that various Agencies/NGOs/Institutions should be advised to play according to the rules and avoid exhibiting overbearing attitudes on Police Officers in the discharge of their duties”.
The Commission had earlier obtained a petition from WACOL requesting it to convey the Police Officers who had allegedly overwhelmed up and brutalized their employees to e book.
“The Commission after a evaluate of the report of the Special Panel is glad that it adopted due course of and made implementable suggestions.
“It nonetheless known as on Civil Society Groups and different Development companions to affix the Commission in its effort to make sure that the Police are ‘responsive to the citizens’ misery calls and respect their constitutionally assured rights“.
“The Commission also advised that sensationalism in reporting alleged misconduct against the Police should be avoided”.
It added that “Civil Society groups are urged to place unreserved confidence in the resolve and determination of the Commission to hold the Police to account”
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Noting that the fee lately issued a Policy which it’s at present implementing to carry particular person Police Officers personally accountable for extreme use of power and abuse of workplace, Ani mentioned, “The due enforcement of this Policy by the Commission will improve sanity in police operations, guarantee transparency and accountability.
“While the Commission does not lose sight of the fact that some bad eggs in the Police have committed erosion of fundamental rights of citizens over time, it is the view of the Commission that the Nigeria Police Force must be given the benefit of the doubt that they have a workable internal disciplinary mechanism which, if well deployed, can effectively put erring Members in check”
“The consequence of the Special Panel Report, it famous has demonstrated the workability of this inside disciplinary mechanism.
“The Commission believes that its constitutional mandate in issues of police self-discipline imposes on it the duty to make sure that the suggestions of the Panel are duly applied.