Two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), West African Network for Peace (WANEP) and Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN), have donated facemasks to the Plateau state command of the Nigeria Police.

The donation was made as part of support to the Nigeria Police in the state in view of the hazard of the job of officers and men of the police in the midst of coronavirus pandemic.

The Executive Director CEPAN, Rev. Samuel Goro while making the donation stated that “The facemask is to support the Police during arrest of offenders and defaulters of violators of government policies during the lockdown and restrictions of movement.

“The facemask also comes handy to the officers when they evacuate dead bodies found on the streets,” he said.

Goro said his organization was supported by the United States Institutes for Peace (USIP), under the Justice and Security Dialogue (JSD), adding that it was an effort to sustain and improve the relationship between security providers and citizens.

“Our effort has also helped civilians and security operatives to become more effective, accountable, and responsive to community needs”, he said.

Receiving the items, the Commissioner of Police, Plateau state, CP Edward Egbuka, who was represented by his deputy, DCP Warebi Owotorufa said the gesture will be matched with action, by improving service delivery to citizens.

He added that without the inputs of the civil society organizations, the Police will hardly succeed in its duty to protect lives and properties.  

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