Pays N192m to 177 families of dead officers

ACTING Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim K. Idris has banned the deployment of mobile police to individual citizens in the country, stating that the Police Force has a separate unit from where policemen are deployed for personal security, warning Commands’ Commissioners of Police, CPs to desist from such illegal deployment. IGP Idris gave the directives during an opening remark at a conference he held with CPs at the Force headquarters, Abuja yesterday. He said, “We have complaints about illegal deployment of mobile. Mobile should not be deployed to individuals. We have a separate unit for such purpose. The IGP also gave out cheques worth one hundred and ninety two million naira to 117 families of police officers and men who lost their lives in the line of duty, where beneficiaries got between five hundred thousandnaira and three million naira.
He charged the CPs to take charge of all police units within their commands like the marine and mobile units, even as he reiterated the ban of roadblocks on Nigerian highways, urging the CPs to ensure that all illegal roadblocks are dismantled across the country. “Command CPs should set up monitoring team to ensure these roadblocks are banned. We will also send some of our teams from the Force headquarters. On the issue of accountability, the IGP said everybody must ensure that police equipment and resources committed to them are accounted for. The IGP commended the conduct of police officers, especially the rank and file, who are more visible to the public, even as he revealed that the British high commission and the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, have rated the conduct of police officers and men above 90 per cent. “The rank and file is the police. It is their faces that the public see regularly and our conduct as police officers are being judged by the action of this rank and file. Command Cps should encourage this category of boys. Reward them as an encouragement to others. Recommend their promotion especially those who have done extremely well, those who have done beyond the normal. He insisted that bail is free and that members of the public should report any officer or personnel who ask for bail money, stressing that police management discourages such act. On the removal of prosecutorial powers of the police as enshrined in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the IGP said he has not received any communication from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, stopping police who are not layers from prosecuting cases in courts. On the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo next month and Ondo next year, the IGP charged his officers and men to be apolitical and maintained the
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neutrality during the polls. “For those in Commands where re-run/staggered elections will take place, be assured that the police high command is solidly behind you. However, you are to ensure that your security plan is watertight and also ensure the safety of electoral materials and officials. Whilst this administration will not hasten to punishment and blame culture, we will also not tolerate laxity, unprofessional conduct or worse still, corruption. You must reach out to the headquarters with your analysis of tension indicators and how best these challenges can be addressed such that we work seamlessly to deliver free, fair and credible elections. “I want us to continue the neutrality we have maintained in the previous re-run elections in Imo and Rivers. Edo election is coming up next week. We are coming up with a strategic plan. We will make use of the marine force and helicopters will be deployed to do surveillance on air in order to have peaceful elections. The IGP said the conference is to set a proactive command and control for Nigeria Police and discuss topical security challenges facing the nation. “These challenges especially terrorism, cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery and sabotage of oil infrastructure have complicated an already difficult operating environment both for the government and the Nigeria Police Force. The economic difficulties faced in the country today, which the government is working assiduously to overcome, will manifest as criminal issues, which you will be called upon to address.

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