Human Rights Training for Officers of the Nigerian Police Force Lagos State Police Command

By CDHR

WELCOME ADDRESS BY COMRADE MALACHY UGWUMMADU ESQ., PRESIDENT COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS (CDHR), AT THE INAUGURAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING OF THE SENIOR CADRE OF THE LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND HELD ON THURSDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2018 AT THE POLICE OFFICERS’ MESS G.R.A. IKEJA, LAGOS.

On behalf of the entire membership of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) one of the foremost human rights organizations in Nigeria, I am pleased to welcome you all to this inaugural human rights training of the senior cadre of the Lagos State Police Command. We are excited about today’s event for the following reasons:

       a.   It gives us the opportunity to further our efforts in ensuring that the rights of citizens are respected and upheld.

    b. The training is one that is apt and timely considering the upcoming  2019 general elections.

    c.  It gives us an opportunity to contribute our quota to restoring trust in and respect for the capabilities of the police force.

In the light of the restructuring taking place within the police force, the theme of today’s programme is “Towards a Reformed Nigeria Police Force”.You would agree with me that in the spirit and zeal of reformation it has become imperative that the police force has a deeper comprehension of human rights.

Upholding human rights is the foundation of every laid down rule and regulation in our beloved country, Nigeria. Consequently, knowing what constitutes human rights and how to apply them in administering your day-to-day duties as police officers will not only position you as efficient people in society but also as people worthy of value and respect.

We are highly fortunate to have in our midst great minds to anchor the series of lectures that will enlighten you on various aspects of human rights in relation to the general elections and the administration of criminal justice in Nigeria.

The aim of these lectures is to abreast you with the current position of the law in relation to your role as police officers. We intend to train you on what the law says in relation to the administration of criminal justice and the part you play in the criminal justice system.

As you listen with rapt attention to the lectures, I guarantee that you will not leave here the same. I believe that the police force has a lot of potential and with proper training and orientation the police force will regain the respect it deserves.

Without further ado, I officially announce the beginning of the lecture.

  

Malachy Ugwummadu Esq.

 President, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR)