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The New Commissioner of Police in Ogun state, CP Bashir Makama has promised to embark on local training and retraining of officers serving in the state so as to get them more familiar with with the guidelines of modern policing especially as it has to do with the use of weapons.
Makama was speaking at a familiarisation meeting with his officers in zone ll area of the state command on Tuesday.
The police boss said he had commenced duty in the state with meetings with community leaders and members with the aim to get them acquainted with their rights as citizens.
He said, “Very soon we will embark on local training and the motive is to further enlighten and draw their attention to some of these ills in the society.
“1st order 237 gives every police officer the right to use weapons depending on the situation he finds himself. So, we will continue to ensure that they are conversant with the guidelines and as well talk to them so as to know when to exercise some of these rights.
“Human beings are to be managed, so we will continue to talk to them and as well as train and retrain them.
“I have started by talking to community leaders because members of the community must know their rights and be conscious of those rights because when you get to the police in the cause of carrying out their responsibilities which of course also has guiding principles, which one of it is to protect human right and as well as ensure that there is no any abuse of such right which .” He added
Makama also emphasized that for him, the police guiding principles are sacrosanct adding that since he assumed duty in the state he is yet to receive any complaint of police extrajudicial action.
“No profession especially the police has institutionalized anything that has to do with human rights abuse instead it should be protection of human rights.
“I have not received any situation of extrajudicial actions by the police because for me the principles guiding the use of arms are very sacrosanct.”