The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has directed police officers across the country to ensure detainees under their custody have easy access to their rights, as enshrined in the constitution.
Mr. Idris who made the remark at the launching of the Police Duty Solicitors’ Scheme in Abuja, said the initiative was borne from his administration’s readiness to ensure an efficient criminal justice system, with emphasis on the rights of persons arrested and detained by the Police to easily access legal representation.
Mr. Idris said on assumption of office as the Inspector-General of Police, he stated in clear terms, that his administration will operate within the mantra of the rule of law and respect the rights of all Nigerians, irrespective of religion, ethnic, social or political inclinations .
The Inspector-General OF Police said the launching of the Police Duty Solicitor Scheme is a manifestation of his commitment to deliver on my promise to the government and good people of Nigeria to operate within the mantra of the rule of law.
that the scheme will guarantee lawyers engaged by the Legal Aid Council access to persons arrested and detained in the Police Stations across the country to offer them free legal representation.