CLEEN Foundation Holds Methodology Workshop Ahead of Police Reform Audit in Nigeria
Despite concerted efforts made by the Nigerian government and civil society groups, incidences of police brutality continue to be a key concern. As part of efforts geared towards strengthening police reform in Nigeria, CLEEN Foundation under the project “Strengthening Police Reform in Nigeria” is set to conduct a nationwide perception survey on police reform efforts in the aftermath of the EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
Based on the above, CLEEN Foundation held a methodology workshop on February 15, 2022 to review the tools to be deployed for the survey. The workshop brought together about 22 stakeholders with focus on police reform in Nigeria to suggest and contribute to the research tools that will be deployed for the nationwide survey on police reform in Nigeria. The presentation of our methodology for this assignment with stakeholders was in the view of incorporating seasoned views and opinions that will result in an effective research exercise and findings. The research is also to reestablish our commitment to ensuring accountability, rights-respecting police service delivery in the country.
CLEEN adopted an Explanatory Sequential Mixed Method for the purpose of this audit. This methodology is designed such that the quantitative study precedes the qualitative. The findings or outcome of the quantitative procedure will inform the formulation of the qualitative procedure.
The research tool incorporated the intersectionality of gender, youth, persons with disabilities, and the general perception of Nigerians in relation to the conduct of police officers, which culminated into the 2020 End-SARS protest.
In conclusion, we must reiterate that the role of empirical data in achieving the desired goal of a reformed police cannot be overemphasized. We are convinced that a critical way of solving some of the perennial challenges of policing in Nigeria is by providing research-informed recommendations.
The “Strengthening Police Reform in Nigeria” project is a consortium comprising of the Presidency, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the CLEEN Foundation, the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN Foundation) and the Rule of Law & Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC).
We thank the Macarthur Foundation for its continuous support to the Consortium led by the CLEEN Foundation.