The German Development Cooperation (GIZ), on Thursday donated 15 multi-purpose digital cameras, camp coders and steel equipment for use of Nigerian Police detectives and investigators towards enhancing police professionalism in the country.
Deputy Project Manager of GIZ Africa, Mr. Zander Hartut while making the presentation at Force headquarters, Abuja, explained that project was motivated by the need to encourage Nigerian Police Force key into modern policing methods by working in consonance with the 2015 Administrative of Criminal Justice Act.
Recalling that the reviewed Criminal Justice Act allows for suspects to be videoed or recorded so that if suspects decide to change statements of interrogation it can be replayed, Mr. Hartut expressed hope that the donations would assist in policing best practices.
Fifteen (15) brand new Digital Video Cameras, Camp Coders, Steel Cameras and other equipment worth several millions of naira were handed over to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Training, DIG Emmanuel Inyang.
Speaking at the occasion, DIG Inyang who received the equipment on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris commended GIZ for the various support it has rendered the Nigerian Police especially in the area of training and manpower development.
Inyang recalled that the German body has assisted in capacity building for SARS, Counter Terrorism and Police investigative units in the past adding that with the new donations, it was clearly evident that GIZ means well for the Nigerian Police force.
He promised that the equipment would be put to fruitful use of developing police capacity by distributing them among Police Colleges and training Institutions across the country.
“The GIZ deserves commendation for this noble donation. They have been partnering with the Nigerian Police especially for training and retraining of our personnel. Now with this equipment, it will support our efforts towards meeting international policing standards. It will greatly assist us in investigations and prosecution “, the DIG said.
Earlier, the CSP training, Mrs. Grace Longe said the partnership with GIZ Africa started in 2006 noting that the organization has assisted in provision of teaching aids, and improving of curriculum for police training and detective schools.
“The digital equipment will help in recording statements of suspects in line with international standards of policing” she said.