A Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, under the aegis of Breath of Freedom Foundation, has sought the partnership of the Nigerian Police Force, to offer access to justice to wrongly detained persons in police cells across the nation. Stressing that it is trying to collaborate with top police heads across various commands to reduce as well as eradicate fragrant arrests and unlawful detention of people over civil cases.
The Foundation made this known in Abuja recently when its management team paid a courtesy visit to the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
It’s Chairman Board of Trustees, Bar. Tony Ekwoaba, said the organization comprises of young lawyers, doctors and youths from various walks of life with the zeal to change the status quo across Nigerian Police cells in line with the IGP Mohammed Adamu’s vision of building a citizen friendly police force.
Bar Ekwoba told his host that the Foundation is saddled with the mandate of offering justice to wrongly detained persons as well as equipping prison inmates with necessary tools to start a new craft after their release.
He revealed that the foundation has a team of lawyers across states who go to police stations and release people for free without charging any money and also making sure the detainees don’t pay for bail in line with police mandate.
“We provide justice to detainees as well as inmate rehabilitation and release through reforms, skills, trainings and capacity building, medical outreach, human right monitoring, care and support services”, he said.
Ekwoba showered encomiums on the Police High Command for its effective and efficient outing in the just concluded general elections, which he averred has reaffirmed to Nigerians, the force unalloyed commitment to an energetic and rebranded police force.
“We have followed your activities with keen interest and seen how the current Police leadership is committed to bring sanctity to the Nigerian police force and new breath to Nigerians at large, thus our decision to partner with the Police. We understand the central role the police play in the criminal justice system, and this is why we consider her a key player worthy of collaboration”, he said.
On his part Bar. Saifullah Bello, Head Legal Operations, said the foundation seeks to release poor detainees or prisoners by repaying their debt through donations and will also collaborate with police heads to ensure unjustly detainees, if not charged to court, are released.
Adding his voice the Head Medical, Dr David Ikeonwu, said the foundation will organize periodic health screening programs for soon to be released and serving inmates and detainees as well as provide drugs and health facilities to them.
Responding, the Police spokesman, ACP Frank Mba, who accorded the foundation a warm reception, commended them for the initiative. He expressed delight that they embarked on such venture at their youthful age. He beckoned on them not to give up the good work or get enticed and distracted from their set objective. He gave the assurance that the Police will do everything legally and morally right to aid them achieve their goal.
The NGO which is made up of a team of lawyers, counsellors, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and youths from all walks of life had last week in Kuje Prisons, carried out a medical outreach which saw to over one hundred inmates receive medical attention and drugs.
Source: – FrankMbaBlog.com