Don’t brutalise PWDs, group tells police, others

The Centre for Citizens with Disability has called on security agencies in the country to be human when dealing with People with Disabilities by not brutalising them.

The Administrative Manager, CCD, Florence Austin, made the call during a recent training for security agencies on the rights of PWDs in Lagos State.

According to a statement on Thursday, among those trained were men of the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, among others.

Austin noted that the training was borne out of the observed brutalisation of physically-challenged persons by security agencies in some parts of the country, particularly Lagos.

“We are having a day of training for security formation and disability rights for persons with disabilities.

“The objective of the training is to enhance the security formation on disability rights and the effect of shrinking civic space on persons with disability in Lagos State.

“The training was borne out of the treatment meted out to PWDs by the police during their peaceful protest as a result of perceived injustice when their names were allegedly excluded from participating in the last international Olympic games,” Austin said.

The Assistant Director, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Bada Oladipupo, said the state had been in the vanguard of championing the rights of PWDs.

“It is the first state in Nigeria to establish the office of disability, which has attracted attention from other States,” Oladipupo said.


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