A Two Day Step – Down Training Workshop for officers of the Nigeria Police officers on the Provisions of ACJA 2015 Zone 3 and Zone 5 (Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba States and Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States respectively).
The objective of the training workshop is to improve police professionalism and service delivery and improve the knowledge, technical capacity and skills of law enforcement and security personnel to effectively understand and play their roles in the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
In Adamawa State, the specialized training which held on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2020 at Madugu Rockview Hotels, No 10 rock heaven avenue, Behind Government House, Yola aimed at building the capacity of twenty police investigators and prosecutors drawn from Zone 3 Police Headquarters (Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba States). The training workshop was declared open by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 3, AIG Alhaji Abubakar, M. He charged course participants to immerse themselves in the curriculum and endeavour to embrace the step-down methodology with a view to also imparting the same training to their colleagues within their commands and duty stations. The training commenced with the initial pre test exercise. Notably, only one police officer indicated he is aware about the ACJA and its provisions. This portends a serious gap in knowledge among the police officers, and hence the need for timely intervention designed and operationalized by CLEEN Foundation through the training workshops. The training which lasted for two days consist of paper presentations, group work and interactive sessions facilitated by seasoned police officers who had benefitted from the Training of Trainers (TOT) national training held in Abuja in October 2019. The sessions are;
In Edo, the training held at Homeville Plus Hotel, Etete, Benin city, Edo state where twenty (20) police investigators and prosecutors drawn from Zone 5 Headquarters were trained.
The sessions are;
- Evidence Collection, Processing and Presentation
- Implementation of The ACJA 2015 Search, Arrest and Detention Regime
- Inter-Agency Collaboration and Coordination Requirement Under ACJA
- Contextual and Environmental Limitations to the implementation of the ACJA and Strategies for Mitigation
- Developing Tailored Strategies for Cascading Training and Capacity
The workshop concluded with feedback and interactive session wherein course participants suggested practical strategies to drive the routine ACJA training at the divisional levels. These include:
- Nomination of Police Officers from state commands as knowledge champions for the coordination of training on ACJA.
- These officers must be integrated across the three states within the zone for constant cross fertilization of ideas and knowledge. This becomes pivotal as the policing peculiarities vary from state to state.
- The course participant requested that copies of ACJA must be made available to all the police officers across the various command. On this note the ACJA mobile app became handy as all the course participants installed the apps on the phones.
Lastly, the post workshop test administered to the police officers shows that at the end of the training the entire 40 officers indicated they have become knowledgeable and fully aware about the provisions of the ACJA. The participant charted a course for the step down training in their various divisions and appointed three state coordinators who would continue to interface with CLEEN Foundation on subsequent activities taking on the ACJA at their divisional levels. The lead faculty on the workshop in Adamawa- DSP Yusuf Adamu Mohammed lauded the efforts of CLEEN Foundation and McArthur Foundation towards justice sector reform in Nigeria and affirmed that the police officers will return to the various stations with confidence in their newly acquired knowledge and skills and more importantly a commitment to pass on the knowledge to others and demonstrated competence and diligent prosecution of cases in full compliance with the ACJA.