Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered sanity checks on police officers bearing arms every three months to ascertain their psychological balance before they are assigned duties and entrusted with arms.
The IG took the decision following frequent cases of trigger happy killings as well as incidences of extrajudicial killings by some Policemen in some parts of the country.
According to a release, the Inspector-General of Police gave the ordered for all Police officers bearing firearms in the performance of official duties be subjected to psychological test and evaluation to ensure that they are mentally and emotionally fit to perform their duties.
He noted that the exercise is aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by policemen, as well as ensure that the police, who have the constitutional duty to serve to protect the people serve that role effectively, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.
Arase, according to the release indicated that the central purpose of this exercise is to offer mental health recommendations that can help restore an officer to job fitness and deploy such Policeman to appropriate section he/she is fit to work.
He, therefore, directed all police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all Policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months, noting that if any Police officer has a psychological condition or impairment unattended, will impact negatively on the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force.


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