IPCB Presents Annual Report To President Bio

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Independent Police Complaint Board (IPCB) past Wednesday, 15th October, 2018, presented its annual report to President Julius Maada Bio at his offices at State House.

The Secretary of the IPCB, Mrs. Emily George said from June this year, the Board has been ran without a Chairman and Board Members to effectively enhance its work. She therefore called on the President to urgently make the necessary replacements. According to her, the Board is currently facing numerous challenges as Board Members also serve as committee members to handle complaints, investigations and public outreaches. Another major challenge, she mentioned is understaffing as according to her, for the past two years the Board had only five workers. Lack of mobility, she furthered, is another serious challenge the Board is grappling with. “We have only one vehicle for operations and as a result, we sometimes resort to hire vehicles.”

Madam George also called on the President to address the low level of motivation, adding that police accountability is a new phenomenon in Africa. “Agreed that there are limitations to what an external civilian oversight body can achieve, yet, it is still of importance to recognise the range of potential benefits that can be realized,” she told the President.

She however thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for supporting the work of the Board as it has been constrained by lack of adequate staffing and the absence of vehicles to deliver on their huge mandate across the country.

In response, President Bio assured them of government’s commitment in strengthening the Board and ensure that it becomes effective.