In line with his promise on Wednesday last week when he met with Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs and Commissioners of Police, CPs in Abuja, Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed Command CPs to set up Judges’ Protection Unit, JPU, for fudges and courts under their jurisdiction.
Arase said the unit is meant to ensure that the judiciary has adequate security to carry-out its duties.
The police boss further directed CPs to assign Assistant Commissioners of Police, ACPs in charge of Training and Development to conduct proper training and orientation exercise for officersl constituting JPU, stressing that personnel designated for the assignment must exhibit high sense of professionalism, courage, integrity, discipline and respect for human rights.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Force spokesman, Acting CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, the IGP further directed the reduction in the number of police aides attached to civil commissioners nationwide.
The Police High Command also enjoined members of the public not to relent in their collaborative efforts at reporting any suspicious criminal element in their area to the nearest police station for prompt action.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that Arase, during his first conference with AIGs and CPs last week, pledged to increase security aides to judicial officers in order to give them maximum protection needed to dispense criminal justice to Nigerians.
The IGP said the judges’ protection unit will be immediately re-constituted and specially equipped.
He said: “Any nation desirous of a viable judiciary owes its magistrates, judges and justices the sacred obligation of protection. This I intend to advance. Consequently, police security details attached to civil commissioners and other unauthorised individuals across the country will be reduced or withdrawn as the case may be. The manpower drawn from this exercise will be committed to the rejuvenation of the judges’ protection unit.

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