Cautions Police Men Against Excessive Use Of Force.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, has restated his commitment to reforming the Nigeria Police Force and returning it to a path of professionalism in line with international best practices and the transformation policy of the Federal Government. This position was contained in a circular issued on Wednesday 21st August, 2013, from Force Headquarters, Abuja and addressed to all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Command Commissioners of Police, Heads of Departments and Formations.
The IGP expresses his resolve to rid the Force of all forms of corruption and warns Officers and men to desist from corrupt practices in line with the Code of Conduct and Professional Standards for members of the Force. He charges the X-Squad – an internal Police Department that monitors the enforcement of discipline within the Force – to step-up the monitoring of Police personnel to stem corrupt practices within the Force. The IGP further urges officers and men of the Force to be mindful of the constitutional rights of the citizenry, while performing their statutory duties, warning against excessive use of force and unjustifiable application of lethal weapons contrary to standing rules of engagement, as the Force will not hesitate to punish indicted defaulters.
In a similar vein, the IGP has reminded Zonal AIGs and State Command CPs that the ban on road blocks subsists and should therefore ensure that it is strictly enforced. While reiterating his resolve to punish all wrong doings, the IGP equally promises to do all within his power to uplift the welfare and working conditions of the personnel of the Force and to reward and encourage excellent and extra-ordinary feats by members of the Force.
In addition, the IGP, on behalf of the Police High Command, commends the general public for their understanding, cooperation and support for the Force in the face of the current security challenges. He reminds members of the public that they are key actors in the task of policing Nigeria and should continue to actively collaborate with the Force in exposing societal ills, including ills within the Force. He assures that the Force will continue to do all within available resources to serve the public better.