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Security Personnel Must Undergo Psychiatric, Drug Tests - NEC

The National Economic Council, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday called on law enforcement agencies to ensure that those recruited into arms-bearing agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before and after they are hired.

NEC said the reviews would ensure that personnel are psychologically able to bear arms and identify behavioral tendencies that may require psychosocial interventions.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President of Media and Publicity Laolu Akande announced this in a statement entitled "NEC: States, FG to pay compensation to Victims of #EndSARS Protests and prosecute those indicted".

The board of directors also urged personnel of the agencies to duly respect the rules of engagement when performing their duties.

The council said, police accountability has been improved through the Police Services Commission, improved funding and budget allocation to the Nigerian police and other securities agencies, and the lifting of the ban on police officer recruitment.

It therefore called on the Federal Government to give priority to the general welfare of the police and the staff of other security agencies.

It also advocated a review of the pension and bonus for retired police officers and equal pay for police officers and other security guards; a full assessment of all police stations across the country to ensure they are doing their job; and the use of advanced technology by the Nigerian police and other law enforcement agencies in fighting crime.

The Council also called on the police to give priority to personnel training on constitutionally guaranteed human rights and the professional use of weapons.

It said: “Anyone arrested by the police after the # EndSARS protests must be treated expeditiously according to the principles of a fair hearing. The system in place within the Nigerian Police for receiving and handling complaints or inquiries will be strengthened and all police officers on duty will be required to wear a police-approved uniform with their full names and force numbers boldly written for easy identification.”

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