Innocent disengaged from CLO in December 1997, to found what was known then as Centre for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria in January 1998. In the course of trying to register the name with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC the name was considered to be a challenge to government coming at the military rule and Abacha’s transition. So he had to settle for CLEEN Foundation (CLEEN still meaning Centre for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria).
The idea to found CLEEN, was based on the identification of the need for an organization that would not only be chronicling the police abuse, but on that would also work with the police to change the police from a military police, to a civil one.
He recognized the fact that years of military rule had militarized the police and that had to change. Running the police project of CLO for years, and learning that there were individual police officers that were not sadistic in their intentions to the community they served; that they lacked proper training which would enhance their capacity to deliver on the job; and admission of severe human rights abuses, under Coommassie during the first National Workshop on Law Enforcement & Human Rights in Nigeria, Innocent had his focus in setting up CLEEN Foundation, clearly cut out. Innocent set out in CLEEN to build partnerships between civil society and law enforcement agencies; pioneering institutional researches into law enforcement issues and sustaining it; and introducing COMMUNITY POLICING in Nigeria.
He it was who took the then IGP, Tafa Balogun to Chicago on the bill of McArthur Foundation to visit and understudy community policing as practiced in the United States. CLEEN under him, carried out a review of the legal framework of the police in Nigeria. He set up an endowment fund/investments for the sustainability of CLEEN Foundation.
Innocent as a Serial Entrepreneur
Innocent had the MIDAS TOUCH. Anything he touched, turned to gold. He founded several platforms and groups which he handed over to other people to run. They include:
• Transition Monitoring Group (with Clement Nwankwo, Edetaen Ojo, Festus Okoye etc)
• Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria, NOPRIN • Altus Global Alliance
• Alliances for Credible Elections, ACE
• Oluaka Institute of Philanthropy
• Impact Investors Foundation