Officers of the Nigeria Police Force have been warned of the implication of divulging information during an investigation.
The warning was made by the Director, Office of the Public Defender– OPD, Babajide Martins during a three-day training in Lagos for 20 police officers, on how to respond to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence– SGBV.
According to Mr. Martins who is also a Facilitator, when officers become mischievous by revealing vital information during their investigation, it would jeopardize the work of the prosecutor in court.
The Director, Office of the Public Defender reiterated that law enforcement officers had a responsibility to give back to society and protect the vulnerable, especially women and children.
He also charged the participants to be upright and uphold the law while investigating cases of Sexual and gender-based violence.
On a similar development, the DSVRT Coordinator, Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, said the FSUs would serve as specialized police stations designated to investigate and prosecute SGBV cases.
Mrs. Adeniyi, who expressed her joy on the success of the exercise, stated however that the journey had been six years in making.
The training is being coordinated by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team DSVRT in partnership with the Lagos State Police Command and the Ford Foundation. The training is being coordinated by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team DSVRT in partnership with the Lagos State Police Command and the Ford Foundation.
The officers are drawn from the five police divisions newly upgraded to Family Support Units —FSUs.
The police divisions are Okokomaiko, Owutu, Bariga, Epe and Ajegunle.