Osun State Coalition of Civil Societies is advocating the establishment of Human Rights Desk in the Nigeria Police Force to enable Citizens report cases of Human rights abuses without inhibition.
At a rally organised on Wednesday in Osogbo to commemorate this year’s World Human Rights Day, the chairman of the Coalition, Comrade Abiodun Agboola, stressed the need for Nigerians’ rights to be upheld by security personnel.
The Coalition made-up of several civil Society groups, marched through the popular Olaiya junction in the state capital, with each of them carrying placards with different inscriptions Like ‘Education is Our Right’, ‘2015; Our votes must count’ and ‘Government should ensure Our Security’ among others.
Comrade Agboola and other speakers, who later addressed the people, urged Nigerians to resist any attempt by any person or group of persons to trample on their rights especially as the general election is approaching.
They maintained that the solution to insecurity, economy and corruption was the responsibility of all, urging Political office holders to show sincerity in the fight against all acts that could run down the country.
On Tuesday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, ordered all police officials in Nigeria to ensure that the rights of Nigerians and all residents were upheld and sustained, as they carry out their duties.
Mr Suleiman Abba, gave the command in Commemoration of the International Human Rights Day 2014 and as further proof of his commitment to respecting the rights of Nigerians.
In line with the need to ensure that rights or Nigerians are upheld by the police, the police authority had launch a Human Rights Manual.
A Human Rights Desk was also created and would be manned by officers in all the formations of the Nigeria Police Force.
The Desk Officers are tasked with ensuring that rights of suspects are protected and cared for.
The IGP further emphasised his commitment to walking the talk in observance of the Human Rights of all Nigerians irrespective of class, creed and tongue.
A rights group, Amnesty International had accused the Nigerian police of extra judicial killings and series of Human rights abuses, an allegation that the police denied.