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Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

2019 election: Prosecute electoral offenders arrested, Cleen Foundation tells IGP

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By Eileen Ihemadu

The CLEEN Foundation has called for the prosecution of electoral offenders arrested during the 2019 general election.
The organisation made the call when they paid a courtesy call on the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamu in his office in Abuja.
CLEEN Foundation raised pertinent issues bordering on Nigeria Police Trust Fund Law; rising and perceived insecurity in Nigeria, election security management and prosecution of electoral offenders, the Nigeria Police Force and the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015; response of the Police to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in different parts of Nigeria, police operations in preventing and countering violent extremism, and the new regime of community policing in Nigeria among other issues.
The IGP responded to the concerns raised by the CLEEN Foundation team as he itemized the proactive steps the NPF is taking to reduce crimes and criminality across Nigeria.
He commended CLEEN Foundation for her commitment to evidence-driven advocacy which has spanned over 20 years.
The IGP urged the CLEEN Foundation and other non-state actors not to focus on the shortcomings of the Police only, but to also commend the Force for good practices as this would surely boost the morale of the officers.
He tasked the CLEEN Foundation to continue to provide advocacy support towards the operationalization and effective implementation of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act 2019 by guiding against potential abuse of the fund by some vested interests.
The team which comprised of the Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation Dr. Benson Olugbuo, Mrs. Ruth Olofin-Program Manager and the Assistant Program Manager Mr. Oluwole Ojewale.
While congratulating the IGP on his confirmation and efforts of the NPF geared towards tackling insecurity across the nation, they intimated him of a National Workshop in Abuja scheduled to hold on the 4th and 5th of September 2019 to discuss police budget and the operationalization of the Police Trust Fund.
The Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation informed the IGP that the meeting will bring relevant stakeholders together to dialogue and present a sustainable framework for the management and utilization of the Police Trust Fund in Nigeria.
Considering recent security developments in the country, the CLEEN Foundation also notified the IGP about the Public Safety and Security Dialogue Series which will take place in the last quarter of the year with a focus on inter-agency collaboration and synergy among the security agencies in Nigeria.

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