By Innocent Anana
OPEN Society Justice Initiative and Network on Police Reform in Nigeria has accused the Nigeria Police of committing extra-judicial killings, torture, rape, and extortion with relative impunity.
According to a report released by the group entitled: â€œCriminal Force: Torture, Abuse, and Extrajudicial Killings by the Nigeria Police Force,â€ it said: â€œNigeria Police Force personnel routinely carry out summary executions of persons accused or suspected of crime, rely on torture as a principal means of investigation, commit rape of both sexes, with a particular focus on sex workers and engage in extortion at nearly every opportunity.
â€œThe Nigerian government has acknowledged these problems and promised to address them in the past, but to date, abuses have continued with no real accountability. Nigeriaâ€™s leadership must pay serious attention to police reform if it hopes to succeed in restoring public safety.
â€œThis reportâ€™s findings are based on independent field monitoring and investigation at over 400 police stations and posts in 14 states and territories in Nigeria from February 2007 to January 2009.
â€œResearch was augmented by a review of relevant legislation, case law, and official reports, as well as secondary materials, including newspaper articles and non governmental organisation reports.â€