CSP Afeez Oyekan, a representative of the Nigerian Police Force in Oyo State, has charged citizens to be proactive in playing their parts in the security of lives and property in their communities.
She said this at a two-day sensitisation conference, ‘You Matter in this Matter,’ organised by YouthHubAfrica and implemented by Onelife Initiative for Human Development in Oyo State.
She said the community should first accept the police as part of the larger community and see them as friends and partners in progress.
Vehicle Inspection Officers speaking at the event
The program, which took place on June 1 and 2, was meant to teach participants about human rights violations and how to stop them.
The 107 participants at the event talked about how bad it is when law enforcement agencies violate people’s rights.
On the second day, representatives of the police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Western Nigerian Security Network (Amotekun), the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and the Public Complaints Commission spoke to the participants about human rights violations.
Participants sharing their views at the event
Educating the participants on the ethics of the Amotekun, Rt. Col. Olayinka Adeyanju, the Oyo State commandant of the network, said their operatives were not allowed to dabble in civil matters.
He also said that they were not permitted to take bribes or solicit funds to carry out their duties. He said that whenever operatives of the network were found culpable, they were usually dealt with.
Some participants at the event
Adedeji Victor Temitope and Ojo Babatunde Williams, the NHRC representatives at the event, asked the participants to report cases of human rights violations to the NHRC in Oyo State.
Other law enforcement agencies present enlightened the participants on their activities and how to reach them to report cases.
This project is implemented across the country by YouthHubAfrica, with support from Onelife Initiative for Human Development, Cedar Seed Foundation and the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).