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General News of Wednesday, 24 November 2021


EndSARS: Germany offers to train Nigerian police officers on how to handle protesters

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The Government of Germany has revealed his intention to train Nigerian police officers on how to manage protesters without resorting to violence.

On Tuesday, November 23, a delegation from Germany arrived Lagos and visited the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.

During the meeting, they discussed a collaboration on police training, reform among other issues.

Retired Inspector-General of the German Federal Police, Matthias Seeger, who led the delegation, stated that the new recruits into the Nigeria Police will be the best place to start its training.

“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 per cent, 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,” he said.

Mr Smith however, noted that the protesters in Europe are quite different from the Nigerian protesters.

“Let me draw your attention to one issue. When we have 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 five, 10 years, what the men had to face in such situations, I think they have to be well prepared if they value their own lives. 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 but the lives of innocent citizens around the area. So, I don’t think they are totally handling demonstrations very well, there is a lot of room for improvement,” Smith said.

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