Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 4, AIG Yahaya Garba Ardo has warned officers and men of the police force against undue harassment of members of the public, as well as demanding money before carrying out their constitutional duties.
The police chief, who stated this yesterday while addressing men and officers of the Nasarawa State command in Lafia in continuation of his familiarisation tour of commands within the zone, noted that the National Human Rights Commission had expressed its readiness to deal with any erring officer, warning that the leadership of the police would not give any backing to its men in this regard.
In an effort to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the state, the police boss charged all Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, in the state to constitute Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, in their various communities to assist in intelligence gathering and promote understanding between the public and the police.
He disclosed that the police was committed at prompt payment of salaries as well as increase in other incentives, pointing out that the move was aimed at repositioning the force for higher level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
“The Inspector General of Police and his management team are working seriously to see that your salary is improved so that you can meet up with your basic needs,” he said.
He revealed that henceforth police officers would be given travelling allowances and other claims before they embark on the various assignments to avoid the current practice where officers use their personal earnings for official assignments, which ends up not being refunded.
AIG Ardo also revealed that the police hierarchy had concluded plans to ensure regular promotion for its officers and men, noting that training and re-training of officers would also be a regular exercise.