By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Following the recent protest by the youth calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force as a result of misconduct and harassment by its members, a Human Rights Complaints Portal has been set up by the Ogun State Government to enable citizens report any act of brutality by policemen and other security agents.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, noted that the Portal will enable citizens who have fallen victim to any form of abuse, harassment or misconduct by any security agent, to report and upload such to the Portal for immediate action by the Human Rights Complaints Office.
The website is http://hrcp.ogunstate.gov.ng/.
Mr. Adeniran explained that all information received through the Portal would be regularly reviewed and investigated by the Ogun State Human Rights Complaints Office and/or the Judicial Panel of Investigation of Alleged Cases of Police Brutality and Related Matters, while in addition, the information gathered could also be used as evidence in proceedings before a court of law.
Residents and visitors of the state are enjoined to take advantage of the platform to upload evidence, including documents, pictures, videos and sound recordings, for the purpose of exposing human rights violations by security operatives in the State.
“In Ogun State, we believe in freedom, justice, fairness, equity and the rule of law. We will not condone any act of harassment, intimidation and brutality of any law abiding resident or visitor going about their legitimate business, by any security agent.
“That is why we have set up this Portal to allow our people to lodge their complaints and back it up with concrete evidence that we can use in a court of law if necessary”. The Commissioner said.
While reiterating the resolve of the present administration to ensure peace in all parts of the State at all times, the Attorney General assured the people that government remains deeply committed to ensuring that citizen’s rights are always respected and incidences of brutality by security operatives are prevented in the state.