The Chairman of the Police Public Complaints Committee (PPCC), Mr. Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan has said that the committee is strategically positioned to take up complaints from the public against unruly act of Police operatives.
He therefore said that under the present circumstances of political activities and general elections the Committee would be central, and strategic to ensure free and fair elections that will be acceptable to Nigerians.
He stated this during the regular meeting of the Police Public Complaints Committee (PPCC) held at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Police Affairs in Abuja.
The Chairman stated that once the public perceives the Police as a friend, partner, dependable and trusted ally, they will be free and more comfortable to participate and exercise their franchise during the elections as the men in uniform will be there to protect them.
Abel noted that fear is palpable in some regions because of vested interest, incessant destruction of property, and harassment of the citizens and there is the need to calm fray nerves and give them the guarantee that once their rights are violated there is a channel to seek redress and get justice.
In his words, “when there is a channel through which you can make your grievances known and obtain justice, citizens can go out there to do whatever they want to do within the limit of the law. If they were molested by men in uniform, they have the right channel to seek redress. The general public has a platform to lay their complaints whenever there is the need to do so and to be assured, they will get justice at the end of the day, this will diffuse tension in the country”.
He reiterated that the committee is a critical agent of peace that will seek to fight for the downtrodden, less privileged, and vulnerable and harvest complaints that will be put forward for consideration and proper handling in such a way that the aggrieved will be satisfied. Abel stressed.
Members of the committee agreed on the visibility of the committee to the citizens and the need to partner with relevant agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF); Police Service Commission (PSC); National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN); National Human Rights Commission (NHRC); Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ); Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) as well as market and transport organizations to create and improve the awareness of the citizens as to the responsibility of the committee.
Police Public Complaints Committee (PPCC) is an additional layer for the protection of people’s rights whenever there seems to be an infringement on these rights or abuse of power, particularly by the police personnel in the discharge of their duties”