By Ipinade Solagbade
Lack of training and inadequate funding of the police force have been identified as some of the factors responsible for the infractions that led to abuse of human rights and inefficiency of police officers, as required by the Federal Government in SERVICOM programme.
A member of Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation and Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Peter Ogunyanwo, made this known in Abeokuta, while addressing journalists after hearing the case of Mr. Olalekan Olakitan Solomon, a petitioner who accused CSP Adesina Oyetunji, DSP Sarafa Raheem and Inspector Oladeni Samson, for violating his human right, extorting and detaining him illegally.
After cross axmining the officers, DIG Ogunyanwo said it is saddening to know that CSP Adesina Oyetunji and DSP Sarafa Raheem only had four and six of required training respectively throughout their over 33 years in the force without taking any human rights course.
The Panel member advised that an average police officer should know that without the public, he or she can not do the job effectively, adding that police should not see members of the public as enemies or servants, while the public also should respect and love security operatives.
“Without security operatives, the public cannot live in peace and the security personnel cannot do it alone also, both should partner for peace to reign because without peace there cannot be development. That is the spirit behind community policing that the Federal Government is pushing for”, DIG Ogunyanwo noted.
The retired Police boss who called for attitudinal change in the way police officers perform their duties, advised that investigation should be carried out diligently as a teamwork, so that cases are not thrown out of court based on lack of proper investigation.