20TH SEPTEMBER – 2ND OCTOBER
As the Policing and Innovation Hub Project draws to a close, Week 4 was geared toward sensitization programs by both clinics.
The Legal Aid clinic first held a sensitization exercise in the Tanke Bubu community, walking almost two kilometers in different groups. This rally was aimed at creating awareness on communal policing while also extending invitations to the members of the community for the symposium to be held that week.
The ‘all hands on deck community policing symposium’ was held at the Community Center and had in attendance the Magaji of the Tanke Bubu community, other Magajis around the Tanke area and community members. It also had in attendance representatives of key stakeholders of the criminal justice system in the State – the police and National Human Rights Commission.
The symposium was aimed at bridging the gap between the police and the community, and promoting the value of communal policing. Like the title suggests, the symposium calls for ‘all hands on deck’ in policing, the protection of human rights, and fostering trust and better relationship between the police, community and stakeholders in the criminal justice system.
Similarly, the FUOYE Law Clinic Advocates also held an awareness walk aimed at creating publicity for the awareness symposium which will be held later that week.
The symposium was held at the auditorium of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti. This event was aimed at sensitizing students on the role of the Common Dialoguing Forum (CDF) and its triggers in the context of police brutality.
The symposium, which was attended by students, the Police, the University Press Team and Students’ Union representatives, gave a presentation on human rights, the role of police and the limitations of their powers. This presentation, given by Dr. Ngozi Chinwe Ole, Director of the FUOYE Law Clinic espoused extensively on police brutality and how the CDF is a panacea to such brutality.
As the project draws to an end, the Advocates’ are keen on sustaining the ideas and collaborations that have been made during the project.
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