By Ibironke Ariyo
PRAWA Executive Director Dr Uju Agomoh told Nigeria‘s News Agency in Abuja on Friday that the senseless killings and destruction of property were concerning.
Speaking on the proliferation of private security companies in the ECOWAS region, she said the development was worrying.
According to her, this has led to an increase in human rights abuses, a high number of illegal and unlicensed private security companies, and poor delivery of security services.
Agomoh recalled that PRAWA recently organized a workshop on the validation of the baseline study of private security regulation in the ECOWAS region.
“The objective is to x-ray the problems in order to approach the problem in a holistic way.
“PRAWA, in partnership with the African Security Sector Network and with the support of the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance, conducted the study.
“This is about strengthening the government of private security through improved knowledge about the challenges and opportunities facing private companies. “
“It will also promote an effective oversight and accountability mechanism through the implementation of regional policy frameworks,” she said.
Agomoh noted that research that was conducted in five countries in the region found that private security companies play a critical role in the security architecture of member states.
She said research also showed that weak accountability and control mechanisms, ineffective regulations and outdated laws have made it difficult to address issues of human rights violations.
This, she said, included illegal and unlicensed private security companies, as well as poor provision of security services in the region.
“It is also important to state that we are open to receiving contributions that would further enrich this report from other countries where this research could not be carried out due to one constraint or another,” he said. she declared.
PRAWA was created to promote safety and security in the African community by creating a humane criminal justice system.
This is achieved through the provision of services to the community in general to particular vulnerable groups, such as prisoners or ex-prisoners survivors of torture.
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