The Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy Group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has expressed sadness over the sudden death of one of Nigeria’s most unrepentant believer in police reforms and a distinguished civil society stakeholder Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.
In a media Statement to condole the entire civil society community in the Country over the death after a brief illness of Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, the civil society organisation- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) said there is no doubt that the deceased made a lot of impacts in the most troubling thematic area of attempting to reform an apparently unreformable and unchangeable near -moribund Nigeria Police Force.
“We in the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA agrees with the historical truism that Innocent Chukwuma was a deeply committed patriotic citizen of a Country bedevilled and overwhelmed by a specie of political leadership who will do everything under the sun to sabotage the profoundly well thought out reform measures just so they can continue to benefit from the rotten status quo.”
“Although the deceased was a great philosopher and reform minded intellectual who throughout his adult life struggled for a Nigerian nation where peace, justice, development and security are attained and sustained. Unfortunately, the security forces he worked so hard to improve have continued to deteriorate in standards just as the Nigerian Police force that he set up a formidable organisation to bring about some constructive changes and reforms has deteriorated to such a level that it has become the most corrupt police force in the World.”
“We in HURIWA specifically pays tributes to the memories of a man who was one of the students within the Students Unionism platform to vigorously oppose the unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary powers of military rule in the 1980s”.
“He, Innocent Chukwuma, reportedly continued the struggle as a pivotal staff of the Civil Liberties Organisation where he was credited to have led extensive and far reaching impactful research and advocacy on police reform. In 1989, he founded the Centre for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria, registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as CLEEN Foundation- a respected Non Governmental Organisation in the Policing and Public Safety Sector.”
“This phenomenal statesman did everything he could to put the police on the path of sustainable reforms and to begin to respect the fundamental human rights of the citizens, but the Nigerian Police Force as it were remains the greatest violator of the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the citizens and has degenerated to become a contraption whose members use extrajudicial killings of citizens and torture as the format of investigative activities.”
HURIWA has therefore urged the Nigerian police force to honour the memories of this great Nigerian Mr. Innocent Chukwuma by becoming amenable to reforms that will change the negative story of policing in Nigeria from brutality, oppression and corruption to that institution whose members abide by the due process of the law.