Following the flag off of the ACJL implementation project, the project team paid a courtesy call to the Commissioner of Police Enugu State Command, Hon. Dan Mallam Mohammed, to solicit his support for the implementation of the law, particularly as it concerns the State police command. The team was received by the commissioner, the DCP Finance and Administration, the DCP Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau, the assistant Commissioner Criminal Investigation department, the officer in charge of the legal department and the public relations officer. Enugu State police command is not only an important stakeholder to the project, but is also very critical to the successful implementation of the ACJL in Enugu State. This is because the ACJL made provisions for the setting up of a central criminal registry for law enforcement agencies, particularly, the police. The registry will serve as a unified record of the profiles and biometrics of offenders. This way, the State can keep track of recurrent offenders and potential rise in criminal recidivism. Also, recording devices will be procured and installed in pilot police stations, for recording confessional statements of suspects. This innovation will drastically reduce incidences of police brutality, especially as it relates to obtaining confessional statements. It will also curb the practice of “trial within trial”, which has added to incessant delays in the dispensation of criminal justice.
The commissioner, in his speech, commended CAPIO for working vehemently to improve the criminal justice system in Enugu State. He stated further that he is interested in the promotion of human rights and maintenance of justice and peace in the State, hence, the ACJL is a welcome development. In all, the commissioner was very eager to partner with CAPIO to achieve the objectives of the ACJL implementation project. He also assured the project team of the support and cooperation of Enugu State police command.