NGO unveils digital platform to check police brutality

By Daniel Tyokua 
CANS Foundations (CWCDAfrica), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has unveiled a new law enforcement anti-brutality digital intervention platform, Backup to check police ill activities across the country. 

At the unveiling of the technology in Abuja, the CANS Foundations (CWCDAfrica), in collaboration with the Open Society of West Africa (OSIWA), said the initiative would works both offline and online through mobile phone with alert designated places and people that will quickly provide victims with needed assistance.

Olajide Abiose, the Co-founder of the Foundation, explained that the scheme  was an idea birthed after the #ENDSARS protest and the alleged brutal massacre of some youths by the security operatives at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos, and the government’s desperate moves to constantly suppress all evidence.

He stated that the objective of the project centres round creating an effective system for intervention and data collection in cases of police brutality.

According to him, “The app will improve the number of case management and preventive issues in law enforcement brutality. We also believe this app  will support the law enforcement agencies in  indentifying rogue  officers tarnishing their image” he said.

The noted that victims of rights abuses and police brutality can click on some buttons on the phone and necessary information would be sent out to link the victim with aid organisations.

He said: “The objective of the project centres around creating an effective system for intervention and data collection in cases of police brutality.”

On her part, the program coordinator at OSIWA, Catherine Angai said, the Backup tool will contribute to the reduction of law enforcement brutality in Nigeria and promote accountability and citizen-oriented service delivery among the security agents.


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