Police officers attached to Nasarawa State Command were on Wednesday trained by the Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) on restorative justice. to avoid most cases going to the court of law.
The training was aimed at sensitising police officers on the need to comply with human rights principles and standards while discharging their duties.
Addressing journalists during the training, a Deputy Director of PRAWA, Mrs. Ogechi Ugo, said the training exercise was introduced to address issues of trust and confidence between communities and the police.
Noting that the training will be extended to other law enforcement officers, she said, ”We want to introduce restorative justice at pretrial stage so that it won’t be every case that must go to court.”
According to her, “This is coming as a backdrop to what happened in 2020 regarding the #EndSARS protests. We talked with police officers, DPOs, DCOs and Area Commanders, sensitising them on compliance to human rights principles and standards in the performance of their duties.
“We will also extend it to other law enforcement officers like NSCDC, the Correctional Service, the Judiciary and the rest of them. We want to introduce restorative justice at pretrial stage so that it won’t be every case that must go to court.
“We have found out that training police alone would not solve the problem. We equally need to engage the public also so that there would be a balance, and that confidence that is required for the police to provide security for us would be achieved.”
A participant in the PRAWA training, Mr. Keffas Tiga, during an interview stated that all youth umbrellas in the state attended the training to learn how to live peacefully in their various communities.
Tiga, who is the state chairman of the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), added: “You know that Nasarawa State didn’t really join the #EndSARS Movement, but one thing we are trying to do is to learn more on the need to live in peace.”
Meanwhile, as part of its training on human rights, PRAWA had last Tuesday offered a similar training to youths of the state on alternatives to violence.