Abia State Police Command says it has established the Police Complaints Response Unit (CRU) in the State, in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The command’s PRO, ASP Maureen Chinaka in a statement said this is a specialized unit within the Nigerian Police Force is dedicated to addressing complaints and reports of police misconduct, thereby ensuring accountability and transparency in the actions of police officers and fostering a positive relationship between the police and the public in the State.
According to her, in the event of encountering brutality or any form of misconduct from police officers, residents of Abia State are encouraged to follow these essential steps:
✅ Stay Calm: It is crucial to remain calm and composed during any encounter with the police. Avoid aggressive reactions, as this can escalate the situation.
✅ Document the Incident: If possible, record the incident discreetly using your smartphone or other recording devices. Capture both audio and video evidence to support your complaint.
✅ Obtain Officer Information: Note down the name and any other identifying information of the involved police officers. This information is vital for filing a complaint.
✅ Gather Witness Information: If there are witnesses present, collect their contact information. Witnesses can provide valuable testimony in support of your complaint.
✅ File a Complaint: Contact the Police Complaints Response Unit (CRU) to report the incident. The CRU can be reached through various channels, (calls & WhatsApp) 09031593827 email: [email protected], Twitter handle: @CRU_Abia_Police, Facebook Page: Complaint Response Abia State Command and PRO Office line 09167783577
She added, “When making a complaint, please ensure to provide details of the incident, including officer’s information and evidence you may have.
“By reporting incidents and following the appropriate steps, individuals can contribute significantly to holding police officers accountable for their actions and work towards a more just and accountable police force.”