Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has raised special squad to mount a massive anti-corruption campaign in the Police Force.
The special squad comprises the IGP monitoring unit, X-Squad and Force Provost Marshal to ensure that any police officer caught either through whistleblowing framework or direct operations of the enforcement units of the Force will be appropriately dealt with in line with established disciplinary procedure of the Force and may additionally be prosecuted in the swift fashion.
Arase, who met with Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs and Commissioners of Police, CPs recently in Abuja, also pledged to increase security aides to judicial officers in order to give them maximum protection needed to dispense criminal justice to Nigerians.
He said the judges’ protection unit will be immediately reconstituted and specially equipped.
Arase said: “Any nation desirous of judges 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details attached to civil commissioners and other unauthorised individuals across the country will be reduced or withdrawn as the case may be.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 rejuvenation of the judges’ protection unit.”
Speaking further on corruption in the Police Force, Arase warned officers and men that they should chose between national service, which is duly rewarded, and corruption, which will be swiftly sanctioned.
“For the citizens, it is a choice between supporting the police either to protect them with honour or compromising them to weaken their capacity and dignity. Whatever is the consideration, Nigeria Police has reached a turning point where it must rediscover itself, restore citizens’ confidence, and prove that it has a cream of patriotic, disciplined and professional officers that can and will ensure the attainment of its mandate,” Arase declared.

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