IG Draws Line In The Sand For Mopol Commanders Over Unprofessional Conduct Of Officers
By Iwedi Ojinmah 2 months ago
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, yesterday rebuked Police Mobile Force (PMF) Commanders and other units of the Force, warning them against the misuse of firearms, unauthorised deployment of personnel, extortion and mounting of illegal road blocks.
Speaking at a meeting with Commanders of Police Mobile Force (PMF), counterterrorism Units and Special Protection Units (SPU) of the Force at the Louis Edet Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, the IG underlined the fact that all commanders would be held responsible for their actions for professional infractions by personnel under their command.
“As we strive to enhance your orientation and strengthen your professional capacity in dealing with the current and emerging crimes, let me remind you that as commanders, you shall be held accountable either directly or vicariously, not only for your actions or inactions but for the professional infractions of all the personnel under your commandRelated: First Lady Gives Nigeria's Security A Vote Of No Confidence At NDA's Own Conference On Security
“Of late, there have been reports of incidents of incivility to citizens, misuse of firearms, deployment of personnel on unauthorised duties, mounting of illegal road blocks by personnel under your watch all against extant directives of the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force.
“These unprofessional and illegal conducts are most intolerable. Your primary duty is the protection of the lives and property of citizens and strict adherence to Force orders and directives in so doing”
The IG stated that the need to perform their duties within the rule of law and best internal standards was imperative to the safety of the nation and should never be compromised.
He went on to quote President Buhari who had months ago advised the NPF saying:
“You must take cognisance of the fact that in the discharge of your duties, you shall not only be judged by the number of crimes you have busted not the number of convictions you have secured, but by the extent to which the process of achieving your statutory mandate conforms to professional and legal standards”