Germany Cautions Nigeria Train Police In Handling Protest Without Guns

The chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, was visited by a high level delegation from Germany.

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Germany Cautions Nigeria Train Police In Handling Protest Without Guns
Germany Cautions Nigeria Train Police In Handling Protest Without Guns

Germany has offered to help the Federal Govetnment in training no fewer than 30,000 Nigeria Police personnel on how to manage protests among Nigerians without using weapons.

The German government made this known on Tuesday.

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The chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, was visited by a high level delegation from Germany.

The delegation said Germany was willing to train the new crop of recruits into the Nigeria Police Force on best practices on street protest management.

Retired Inspector-General of the German Federal Police, Matthias Seeger, led the team.

The delegation had earlier visited the Force Headquarters where they interacted with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.

“I think the best is, for a start, if you want to build a house, you start with the basement. You focus on very few things, maybe two or three.

“All the demonstrations we had in Europe, there are very few unique situations where police use their weapons; 99.9%, no weapons.

“So, we offer to train for best practices. You have a great chance when you train 30,000 young women and men to become policemen, you take the best.

“It’s a big chance for you now when you train young people. This the future of the police of Nigeria, so you train them well from the first moment,” the leader of the delegation said.

Nigerian protesters were usually armed and law enforcement agents had to defend themselves from assault by the protesters, Smith said while responding.

“Let me draw your attention to one issue. When we’ve protests or demonstrations in this country, it would not be fair to compare it to the ones in Europe and I have my reasons for this.

“For the last 5, 10 years, what the men had to face in such situations, I think they’ve to be well prepared if they value their own lives.

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“They need to be well-armed, well prepared so that if they tried all other means of dispersing them or making arrests, they may take some decisions or sometimes, some persons get hurt.

“But on a few occasions, they are forced to use weapons not only to save their lives. So, I don’t think they’re totally handling demonstrations very well, there is a lot of room for improvement,” he said.

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