CLEEN FOUNDATION HOLDS QUALITY CONTROL AMIDST ONGOING RESEARCH ON THE POLICE REFORM AUDIT POST END SARS
Globally, police institutions have come under scrutiny with concerns about the delivery of their mandate, especially on the issue of extrajudicial killings and the use of force beyond permissible levels by police officers.
In Nigeria, there has been persistent clamour against brutality by personnel of the Nigerian Police. The defunct F-SARS unit of the NPF which was originally set up to address violent crimes and criminality deviated from their call to high levels of extortion, violence against young men and outright extra-judicial killings. The detestable activities of the defunct F-SARS operatives led to the ‘ENDSARS’ campaign against police brutality and a national call to disband the unit late 2020.
The protests were precipitated on years of bottled-up citizens’ anger on police high-handedness, extortion, professional misconduct, especially by the operatives of the defunct FSARS unit. This cumulatively showed a need to address the policing culture towards the people and to target a holistic police reform aimed at the re-professionalization of the police.
The CLEEN Foundation in a bid to effectively contribute to police reform in Nigeria undertook an audit of the initiatives of government geared towards reforming the police since the EndSARS protest in 2020. The police reform research conducted by the foundation was to weigh the thoughts and gauge the perception of Nigerians across different strata on police reform in Nigeria. The data collected for this research cut across the six regions in the country
To ensure that the process of data collection for this research is effective and proves useful, the foundation conducted a quality control procedure that monitored enumerators within the local government areas and state coordinators between April 26 – May 5, 2022. The purpose was to ensure that the enumerators strictly adhered to the methodology for the research. The quality control team travelled to selected states within the 6 geopolitical zones.
The quality control team deployed to the states ascertained that data was being collected as it should, the tools developed were in use, and the state coordinators/supervisors were performing as expected.
The foundation looks forward to analyzing this data and using it to further the course of police reform in Nigeria.