Written by Agency reports Sunday, 04 September 2011 19:09
The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria has called on authorities to ensure that disciplinary measures are taken against security operatives who abuse and torture innocent suspects.
Addressing a gathering in Kaduna, the Chairman of Network on Police Reform, Mr. Andy Nkemnem observed that many perpetrators of tortures often go unpunished while the victims are often denied justice.
The Attorney General of Kaduna state, Jonathan Adamu advocated that every policeman should be subjected to psychological and psychiatry test every six months in order to reduce incidents of extra-judicial killing by the police who ought to be a symbol of national security.
Suspects are abused by both the regular and special security outfits in the country and in many cases, the perpetrators often go unpunished.
Participants urged authorities to ensure that culprits are fished out and to erase the stereotyped image of the police.
The Director, Police Promotion of the Police Reform Commission, Ben Iwambe advocated that the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria and the Human Right Commission should also examine the vulnerability of the police officers and see the tribunal as a reform and not a criticism of the police whom in most cases are also abused and battered in the line of their duty.