By: Reuben Egbah,
Mr. Matthias Terna Tyopev (ASP), the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Plateau State Command in a paper presentation, on the 7th March, 2018, at the Man O’ War base in Jos, Plateau State stated that, “Conflict is normal and is a part of relationships. After all, two people can not be expected to agree on everything at all times. More so, relationship conflicts are inevitable, learning to deal with them in a healthy way is crucial.”
He stated this while addressing personnel of the Man O’ War Nigeria in his paper presentation titled, “The relationship between Man O’ War and Police personnel as well as conflict resolution between the two organizations”, at a one day workshop organized by Man O’ War to sensitize its personnel on conflict resolution.
The PPRO charged members of Man O’ War that to resolve conflict they can effect arrest, as they have the right to arrest any offender. He also challenged Man O’ War personnel to give timely and useful information to the police without any fear.
“I stand bold to inform and educate us that under section 28 of the criminal procedure code, any private person including Man O’ War may arrest”, the PPRO stated.
He went ahead to warn Man O’ War personnel to avoid wrongful detention and voluntary obstruction, which is against the law.
“I want to warn at this point that wrongful restrain and wrongful confinement or illegal detention is not allowed under any guise, section 254 of the penal code.”
ASP Tyopev described conflict resolution as the methods and processes involved in facilitating the peaceful ending of conflict and retribution.
He said there are 5 basic steps toward resolving a conflict as follows: Identifying a safe place and time to talk, Clarifying individual perceptions involved in the conflict, Practice taking an active and emphatic listening stance, Generate options with the vision of a win, win out come and Develop an agreement that works for all.
On his call to personnel of Man O’ War Nigeria, Plateau state Command, ASP Tyopev urged and encouraged them to be patient in the discharge of there duties, obey the rule of law and be polite anytime they have an encounter with the police. He also gave some personal security tips to the personnel present.
The Man O’ War Commander Mr Akumuo Uche Royal, in his reaction expressed satisfaction and appreciated the PPRO for attending to them and hoped that he will make himself available when called upon again.