Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Solomon Arase, has promoted seven policemen including the Sentry at the Amawbia Headquarters of the Anambra State Command who attended to him for their neatness and efficiency at their duty posts during his working visit to the state at the weekend.
He also announced the restoration of one Corporal Obot Okon’s rank and addressed the problems raised by the men and officers of the command.
The police boss called for professionalism amongst the men and officers and warned that anything short of it would be disastrous for the force.
Arase also encouraged them to go for more knowledge because it would determine how far they can fare in their profession.
The IGP said his administration was out to encourage policemen who show interest in furthering their education by posting them to places where they can study and work.
Arase said his leadership was set to redress those peculiar challenges they have in the state as his office had discovered that police in Anambra was notorious for mercantile policing.
Arase pledged to establish a new police vision and mindset, declaring that he was allergic to corruption and was poised to restore the dignity of the force.
He cautioned the men and officers to refrain from mounting roadblocks as they have been abolished by his administration.
On the commercialisation of bail, the IGP announced that he had setup intelligence policing to train policemen on information gathering, arrest and the need to keep away from intervening on land matters as well as adopt alternative dispute resolution.
He declared that the police cannot grant permit on land transaction as that is the sole concern of lawyers and urged the adoption of international best practices to track criminals and prosecution upon arrest.
The IG made it clear that members of the force with deviant behaviours shall henceforth be set free while those of criminality such as kidnapping and robbery shall be apprehended and tried. He said his desire is for the force to be accountable in their actions.
He added that the habit of misuse of firearms would be dealt with, especially by the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS and ordered the withdrawal of all policemen on non-assigned posting and cessation of the practice of carrying bag or performing domestic duties for civilians while on duty.
In his welcome address, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, introduced Arase as an “unassuming gentleman officer, an embodiment of professionalism, resourcefulness, discipline, sagacity and intellectualism.”
Karma informed the IGP of the support of Governor Willie Obiano for the through the donation of over 100 patrol vehicles, prompt payment of allowances to men on special internal security operations and donation of horses.
The IGP who was accompanied on the visit by top ranking Officers of the Nigerian Police was received by the governor at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
After meeting with the IGP, Governor Obiano said the Police remained a veritable tool in his administration’s sustained onslaught against criminals which had made the state the best in the country in terms of security.

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