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Ag. Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Mr. D.I Arabi has presented reports on the Institutional Assessment on Police internal complaints mechanism and the process for obtaining bail at Police Stations to the Inspector General of Police-Alhaji Ibrahim Idris. The presentation was done recently at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Arabi hinted that the exercise was conducted between October, 2017 to February 2018 across the six geo-political zones and FCT, selecting one state each from the Zones in line with the approval of the IG of Police given earlier in September, 2017, for BPSR request to conduct two research studies on the Nigeria Police Force. The studies were: Institutional Assessment of the Police internal complaints mechanism; and Mapping the process of obtaining bail at the Nigeria Police Stations. The assessments were carried out in six States Police Command Formations selected from the Zones, they include: Akwa-Ibom, Borno, Edo, Enugu, Kano and Lagos; and the FCT.

According to the BPSR Ag DG, the main objective of the study was to identity the challenges that have hindered the effectiveness of the Police internal complaints mechanism; to identify the specific barriers and bottle necks in the bail process that hampers the effectiveness and efficiency of the process and to provide evidence based recommendations for reforms to improve efficiency in the internal complaints mechanism and the bail process.
For an effective assessment, BPSR adopted some approaches which include Meetings and interviews with senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, the State Commissioners of Police and other police personnel that were available at the selected States Police Commands and Formations in those zones. Other approaches are: the group discussions with diverse stakeholders, this enabled them to collate diverse perspectives on the issues at stake. The studies identified gaps and also designed scenarios for improvements in structure, manpower deployment and the bail process mapping.
The highlight of the research studies was the presentation of the three key findings and the recommendations in each of the report. The first report explains clearly that there was no strategic plan or a strategic planning process that guides the activities of the force and the operations of the internal complaints mechanism towards attaining its mandate, consequently, work plans are either non-existent or are not linked to long term operational and strategic goals.
Among other findings are the PCB complaints desks that are poorly manned in terms of staffing and skills, especially in Kano where there was a great challenge on skills sets. There is also lack of requisite skills among majority of Police Officers manning public complaints desks at all levels. Mr. Arabi said that training the officers will equip them with intelligence gathering, data collection and analysis and human rights observances inorder to display high sense of human relations and mediations.
Speaking on the bail process, Arabi emphasized the need for uniform guidelines and standard operating procedure which according to him will minimize if not remove all forms of hindrances that had hitherto exposed the bail process to abuses.
On the recommendations; he emphasized that the NPF should standardize the operating procedure which will remove all forms of hindrances that had exposed the bail process to abuses.
Ag. DG also advocated that the NPF should have standardized practices regarding arrest, detention and bail of suspects in the 36 states in the country and the FCT. This would help design a functional referral system for civil cases between police and conflicts resolution agents such as courts and traditional rulers. He further reiterated the need for funding and resourcing mechanism for policing and police welfare. This will enable the Force to develop and implement strategies for creating awareness about the internal complaints mechanism.
According to the DG, if the recommendations are faithfully implemented, the NPF will become more effective and the IGP would have succeeded in putting in place an appropriate system for the Force which would further strengthen basic management capacity within the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr. Arabi finally thanked the Inspector General of Police – Alhaji Ibrahim Idris for the opportunity afforded BPSR on this remarkable exercise and equally expressed profound gratitude to the Commissioners of Police in Akwa-Ibom, Borno, Edo, Enugu, Kano and Lagos for their diligence and support.

 

 

 

 Ag.DG BPSR Mr. D.I Arabi presenting the reports on the study

on Improving the Bail Process and PCRRU to the IGP.

  During a briefing session on the Reports by the Ag. DG BPSR

 Ag.DG, BPSR D. I. Arabi, with his team in a group photograph

with the IGP and his team after the presentation

 

 

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2nd July, 2018.

 

 

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