The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has approved the commencement of inspection of detention cells in all police commands including those of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
This is in response to a request by the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to commence an independent audit of detention cells in all police commands and formations in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, ACP Shogunle.
Shogunle said the visits to the detention cells will help address the human rights situation of detainees.
“These visits will enable the NHRC to oversee the human rights situation of detainees as well as undertake the general audit of the state of @PoliceNG detention facilities (cells) in the country. This exercise is part of the NHRC 2018 audit of police detention centers in Nigeria.
“The NHRC was established by the Nigeria Human Right Commission (NHRC) ACT, 1995 as amended to deal with all matters relating to promotion, protection, and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
The force again listed numbers to be called when in need of help or complaints against Police officials.
“Citizens are reminded that the @PoliceNG_PCRRU is available 24/7 to receive complaints of police misconducts via any of the following channels; Calls Only: 0805 700 0001, 0805 700 0002 | SMS and WhatsApp Only: 0805 700 0003,” the statement added.