IGP, UN Collaborate For Improved Complaint Response

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, is collaborating with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to establish Complaint Response Offices in some States of the country.

The Police Force PRO, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday said, the move is aimed at better addressing public grievances and concerns related to police misconduct, human rights violations, and other issues in Nigeria.

TheFact Daily reports that Complaint Response Unit (CRU) offices are to be established in Enugu, Kano, and Rivers States, while that of Lagos State is to be expanded, “ultimately making justice and accountability more accessible to the public”.

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According to Adejobi, the project would involve an outreach program whose primary objective is to develop effective strategies and modalities that will facilitate the expansion of CRU services to underserved rural communities and individuals with limited access.

“To achieve this, interactive Town Hall meetings in each of the four States which will bring together 20 relevant stakeholders from these States, as identified by the respective commands, have been scheduled.

“These sessions will provide a platform for open discussions and collaborations aimed at improving community-police relations and service quality”, Adejobi said, adding that the town hall meetings will be held in Kano State on October 23rd; in Lagos on October 25th; in Rivers State on October 31st and in Enugu State on November 8th, 2023.

Adejobi further avered that the Police Chief remains steadfast in his commitment to nurturing positive community relations and ensuring the delivery of top-notch policing services to members of the public with an emphasis on addressing issues of professional misconduct and other forms of infractions.

“He urges residents of the concerned States to cooperate with the Nigeria Police to birth an efficient Complaint Response process in the affected states for improved policing while assuring that the CRU will promote trust, transparency, and accountability in the police force and enhance the government’s capacity to address human rights violations” Adejobi added.

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