- The Nigerian Police Force has begun the training of officers on how to de-escalate crisis
- The lecture was attended by SARS officials
- The exercise was organised to avoid the repeat of errors that led to the death of George Floyd
In order to avoid the error that led to the death of Geoge Floyd, a black American, the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigerian Police Force has begun training of officers.
The training of police personnel which had in attendance officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was conducted in Lagos on Thursday, June 4.
The lecture tagged Proportionality and De-escalation of Crisis was organised to train officers on the PLAN (Proportionality, Legality, Accountability and Necessity).
Resources persons at the event included the commissioner of police for FSARS, Fimihan Adeoye, and Jide Johnson of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking on behalf of the African Union as its chairperson, had condemned the death of Floyd.
The AU has strongly condemned the murder of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after being arrested by Minneapolis police.
Addressing the first Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), aimed at overcoming the challenges of Covid-19, Ramaphosa commented that: “As countries that have borne the brunt of racial discrimination over centuries, we need to work together to end the scourge of racial violence, wherever it occurs.
"By working together, we can build a peaceful, just, healthy and prosperous global community."
In another post, Legit.ng reported that Derek Chauvin, a US police officer, who was seen in a video kneeling on the neck of Floyd had been charged with murder.
This followed widespread protests over his death. George Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop. Chauvin had been charged with third-degree murder, prosecutors said.
He was taken into custody on Friday, May 29, by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. This was disclosed in a news conference by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, John Harrington.
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