Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Muhammad Mustafa, has warned officers and men against collecting bribe from members of the public.
Mustafa stressed that such act amounts to procedural offence and that any officer caught will be sanctioned.
The Abuja police chief, represented by the Area Commander, Metro, ACP Abiodun Alamutu, issued the warning yesterday during the commissioning ceremony of a police post at Wuye ultra-modern market.
“Let me remind officers and men deployed to this police station that the issue of collecting credit from members of the public is an office. It is a procedural offence in the Force.’’
The CP commended developers of the market for building a police station. “It is a confirmation that our yearnings and appeal for civil/public collaboration is yielding result. This shows that members of the public no longer think that security is for the police alone. The essence of having the station is to make the police accessible to you. Policing can never be done by the police alone and the fact that we do not have enough personnel is a reason for collaboration with the public. The presence of policemen in this facility means crime will be minimal,” the CP predicted.
Similarly, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Wuye divisional headquarters, CSP Salome Jimbes, assured traders that the police would ensure that there is law and order, as well as peace in the market.
President of the Market Women Association of Nigeria, Chief Felicia Sani, said “We are happy to be part of this significant event. Security is the most important thing in our lives. If you have everything but do not have security, your life is at stake. So having police presence in our market means that we are safe, because markets are public places. The good and the bad, some people come to the market to steal and some even bring stolen property for sale. Please, market managers should ensure that such ugly incidents do not occur. Work with the police. Give them information so that security in Wuye market will be guaranteed.’’
Legal Officer at the market, David Iorhemba, assured that the management will collaborate with the police authority so that the aim of putting up security facilities in the market would be achieved.