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NHRC releases result of police station assessment

The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday released the result of the 2013 police station assessment exercise.

A summary of the result shows that the Karu Police Station, Abuja, came first among 369 police stations in 21 police state commands assessed in the exercise by surprisingly scoring 100 per cent.

The police stations were evaluated under five areas, including community orientation, physical conditions, equal treatment of the public, transparency and accountability; and detention conditions.

Members of public, who were present at an event where the NHRC released the result at its national headquarters in Abuja expressed surprise when it was reported that Karu Police Station scored 100 per cent in all five indicator areas.

Nine other police stations that finished alongside Karu Police Station in the top 10 in the assessment exercise, also recorded remarkably high scores.

They are Ilupeju Police Station, Lagos, which came second with 97.33 per cent; Ikoyi Police Station, Lagos, 96 per cent; Adatan Police Station, Ogun State, 95.33 per cent; Victoria Island Police Station, Lagos, 94.33 per cent; and New Haven Police Station, Enugu, 93.67 per cent.

Other police stations in the top 10 are Badagry Police Station, Lagos; Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, 92.33 per cent; Ijanikin Police Station, 91.33 per cent; Airport Command Police Station, Uyo, AkwaIbom State; and Trade Fair Police Station, Lagos with 91 per cent; and Birnin Kudu Police Station, Jigawa State with 87.67 per cent.

The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Ben Angwe, who announced the result, explained that the commission deployed its staff, local community citizens and groups to visit the 369 police stations in the course of the exercise.

According to him, 1,115 visitors participated in the visits to police stations in Abia, Federal Capital Territory, AkwaIbom, Anambra, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zamfara states.

The NHRC also commended eight other police stations which established effective platforms for interactive community policing.

They are Orile Police Station, Lagos; Chanchage Police Station, Niger; Ikono Police Station, Akwa Ibom; Umuezeala Police Station, Imo; Adeniji Adele Police Station, Lagos; Gusau Police Station, Zamfara; and Isokoko Police Station, Lagos.

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