The Nigeria Police will be launching a compendium entitled “Nigeria Police Force (1861-2016): Establishment Profile”. 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase said this at the Nigeria Police week seminar and book launch held at the national universities commission, Abuja on Wednesday.

The seminar tagged, “International Human Rights Standards and Trends in Community-Driven Policing” will witness the birth of a compendium, which documents the nearly 145 Years history of the Nigeria Police and recognizes the strategic police actors that have guided the evolution of the Nigeria Police Force from colonial days to modern times. 

He said, “The compendium straightens the history of the Nigeria Police for record and reference purposes. The essence is for us to tell our story for posterity sake. This is in recognition of the fact that any institution that fails to recognize and document its history stands the danger of creating a historical vacuum which will engender distorted narration of its evolution.”

Besides the compendium, the event would also present egg heads and seasoned legal minds on human rights and policing-related topics to make clear statements on the transition of the Nigeria Police.

According to Arase, policing under a democratic setting imposes a sacred and indeed, legal obligation of respect for citizens’ rights on law enforcement agents, particularly, Police personnel who are the prime security actors in the internal security architecture of the country. 

He said “It is for this reason that rule of law and human rights-driven policing approaches were espoused as a critical component of my six-points Strategic Policing Plan on my assumption of responsibility as the Inspector-General of Police,” he said.

As he put it, “Today’s event will witness presentations by egg heads and seasoned legal minds on human rights and policing-related topics presents a distinct opportunity to make a clear statement that the transition of the Nigeria Police from a Force that infringes on the rights of its citizens with impunity to one that is conscious and sensitive to the need to respect citizens’ rights in the discharge of their duties has indeed commenced.