Nigerian Government Adopts Police Reforms
April 7, 2009 | From the field | Human Rights

The Nigerian government recently issued a white paper that adopts the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on Police Reform, many of which were backed by MacArthur grantees in Nigeria. The government agreed to mainstream the community policing initiative supported by the Foundation, streamline a public complaints mechanism for addressing police misconduct, and establish forensic centers to improve police capabilities to solve crimes. The 17-member Presidential Committee included a representative of the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, a Foundation grantee. In addition, MacArthur grantee Access to Justice has long advocated for systematic forensic investigations in suspicious deaths. The release of the white paper followed the publication of a book by grantee the CLEEN Foundation, entitled Motions without Movement: Report of Presidential Committees on Police Reform in Nigeria, which criticized the government for previously failing to act on reform proposals.

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