By Bukar Bolori
The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba has said the articulation of human rights infrastructure such as the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and recording of statement will reduce crime in the country.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the Human Rights Africa International Pageant in Abuja, the IGP who was represented SP Chijioke Kalu asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to articulate the concept of human rights Infrastructure such as Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), recording of statements and many others to make the job of the police force easier in the protection of human rights in the country.
He explained that the introduction of CCTV will add to protect policemen and reduce inhuman treatment melted out by some members of the public on them.
He said though many are looking at the angle that the CCTV will prevent police brutality but have not thought that it could also add to curb the numerous attacks on the police.
He noted that when the members of the public know that their actions are recorded, they will check their behaviours in public especially attacks on law enforcement agents.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu said the National Human Rights Commission in its bid to fulfill its mandate of promoting and protecting human rights in the country has always looked at progressive measures, new and innovative ways of getting the gospel of human rights into every nook and cranny of the country and Africa as a whole.
He said in this regard, the Commission in strategizing on its promotion activities is focusing at what catches the interest and attention of the youths, noting that before now, it has collaborated with Nollywood stars to produce TV serial movie series and film to promote human rights and attract the attention of the endemic population, the youth.
He noted that the present programme tagged “The Human Rights Africa International Pageant (THRAIP) is in conjunction with the House of Eden, a multimedia organisation based in Lagos with over 16 years experience in branding and advocacy.
He disclosed that the pageantry is a reality show that aims at showcasing human rights culture throughout theAfrican continent, targeting the youths.
He said it will also serve as a platform for human rights sensitization and education right from our living rooms.