Frank Mba
Frank Mba

Police working to develop customised solutions to #EndSARS challenges — Force Spokesperson

NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Police Force Spokesperson, CP Frank Mba, has said the police is following proceedings at the #EndSARS judicial panels across the country in the hope that it helps the Force offer better policing methods to Nigerians.

The Judicial panels were set up in the aftermath of the October 20 Lekki shootings to investigate the excesses of the police force in the country and facilitate restitution for victims of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

Speaking at Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Mba explained the force’s effort to address the outcomes of the Judicial panel sittings on #EndSARS.

He said: “We have police officers actually monitoring and participating in all the Judicial commission sittings across the bulk of the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.

“We are collating/documenting events as they occur in those panels and for us, whether you are looking at the #EndSARS or Post #EndSARS events, there are lessons for us to be learnt and we will be taking these lessons to our laboratory and we will be coming out with customised solutions to deal with some of those challenges we are seeing unveiling in some of those panels.”

Lawlessness during lockdown

On increased lawlessness during the lockdown, Mr Mba said that the Force correctly predicted some of the experienced trends and made efforts to arrest them before they unfolded.

“The moment we did that prediction [one of sexual and gender-based violence], part of the things we did instantly is that the current Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, strengthened the Force Gender unit because we expected that there was going to be an upsurge […] we redeployed a lot of new hands into that unit, gave them special trainings,” Mba said.

Mba revealed that the Force partnered with UNICEF to provide a holding facility in Abuja where temporary shelter was availed to some of the victims of sexual harassment.

Mba noted that some factors, which the Force couldn’t influence, crippled its fight against sexual-based violence during the lockdown.

“These are not crimes you can easily detect. You don’t have the capacity to install cameras in all homes. It takes time sometimes before they are actually detected. Sometimes, we get to know through accidental processes,” Mba added.

The Police spokesperson, who was recently promoted to Commissioner of Police, said the Force will henceforth include a community approach in addressing security across the country.

Describing police operatives as “miracle workers”, Mba asked the government to provide the Force with better remuneration, logistics and retirement benefits, adding that the Force will work better given all these.