The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Center (RULAAC) in collaboration with Nigerian Policing Programs (NPP), have intensified their advocacy on rule of law and accountability by Police in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities especially with key emphasis on observance of human rights.
Speaking at its Stakeholders-Media Engagement series in Lagos, Okechukwu Nwanguma, executive director of RULAAC informed that law enforcement requires that some coercive or forceful moves to ensure compliance with the law .
He noted that though the Police is authorized to use force in certain circumstances such as effecting certain arrests or in self defense, but from a human rights perspective when Police have authority to use force, including firearms, the most important principle is of proportionality using minimum force.
This according to Nwanguma means that if no force is needed, for example to arrest a person, an officer should not use any force at all, and if any…
Source: Leadership Newspaper