Red Cross, Nigerian police sign memo on human rights

ABUJA, Jul 20, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Red Cross and the Nigerian Police have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) toward enhancing human rights in the most populous African country, according to a statement issued here on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the deal signed by Nigerian police affairs minister Broderick Bozimo and Head of Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Harald Schmid de Gruneck will see the ICRC training Nigerian policemen.

Under the memo, areas for such training include human rights and humanitarian laws during police interventions in inter- communal clashes.

The police would also receive training in the areas of urban riots, political violence, and how to ease Nigeria Red Cross' access to victims of violence.

"In this framework, the ICRC will train police instructors from the 12 Nigerian Police Training institutions on human rights and policing concepts," said the statement.

"The training will also be in the area of basic law enforcement and vulnerable groups in law enforcement," it added.