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#NigeriaDecides2023: UNODC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights partner with the Nigerian Police Force to enhance police accountability during the 2023 Elections

As Nigerians head to the polls tomorrow to exercise their democratic right, most will interact with security agencies responsible for policing the elections and ensuring that citizens are able to cast their votes freely and safely. As the lead security agency supporting the electoral process, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is tasked with ensuring the safety and security of persons and property, ensuring strict compliance and enforcement of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Police Act and all other laws, managing crowds and generally providing a conducive environment for the peaceful conduct of elections.


But who polices the police, particularly during the elections? The Police Complaints Response Unit (CRU), the internal oversight body of the NPF, has, since 2015, managed a public-facing, technology-based complaints system designed to respond to all cases of police misconduct that might occur during police-citizen interactions.  Once complaints have been investigated, the Unit makes recommendations to the Inspector General of Police who then directs the cases to the NPF's disciplinary bodies. CRU officers then report back to complainants about the status of their complaints and how they have been resolved. There are also  external oversight bodies such as the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), working to promote greater police transparency and accountability in their interactions with the public.


The Police Service Commission (PSC) is charged

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