ACTING Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has promised that the police under his watch would ensure that it join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption in all fronts. The new police chief stressed that the Nigeria Police Force would henceforth focus on integrity and accountability as its cardinal operational principles in all its actions, as well as be decisive on any of its personnel who deviate from its core values. Idris stated that he would ensure that the rule of law prevailed in police actions and activities. IGP Idris, who stated this yesterday during the handover ceremony from the out-gone IGP Solomon Arase, stressed that in order to establish and maintain high standard of behaviour in police official conduct and to eliminate impunity and ensure transparency, those core values must be respected and adhered to. He said, “In our efforts to give a boost to the current administration’s war on corruption, the police management will strengthen the police x-squad units in the police commands with the deployment of thoroughly vetted, selfless and patriotic officers to tackle corruption and abuse of office within the police organisation and amongst the federal, states and local government levies. “The personnel deployed to this anti-corruption unit will be supported with incentives to make them more effective in the discharge of their duties.” The new IGP promised a responsive police institutions, transparency and accountability in the management of police cooperative and insurance scheme, as well as cheap and affordable housing for rank and file in the force. He also promised availability of police uniform and accoutrement for all officers and men as a priority of his administration, and that there would be prompt and timely payment of salaries of serving personnel. He also promised to establish forensic laboratories in the six geopolitical zones of the country and the joint operation centres in state police commands, as well as criminal database in all police divisions nationwide, even as he said he would reorganise and restructure the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and the police mobile force. “Henceforth, deployment of special unit’s personnel to individual businessmen and private companies must be critically reviewed. These units are established to tackle serious security challenges in the country such as riots, terrorism and counter insurgency operations. Their deployment will be focused on the locations where we experience the challenges.” Earlier in his valedictory speech, former IGP Solomon Arase said he had done his beat and that the police under his watch had acquired very strong intelligence, investigative and operational capability which had of late been deployed to crack any crime at any location within Nigeria. He said, “The dignity of an average police officer has been restored. Public confidence in our competency has been enlivened. “Today, however, like other police forces across the world, we in the Nigeria Police can beat our chests and make a clear and bold statement to criminal elements threatening our national value, that if you commit any crime, we now have the capacity not only to arrest you but to bring you to deserved justice in the most prompt, professional and rule of law- compliant manner. This is the profile of the Nigeria Police Force you, my colleagues and all Nigerians, have aided me to bequeath to our beloved nation. This is a legacy I can assure the nation that acting IGP Idris will not only sustain but will advance. “I therefore wish to heartily congratulate IGP Ibrahim Idris for his well deserved appointment and to pray for God’s wisdom as he settles into his schedules. I also wish to immensely appreciate Mr. President for the trust reposed in me and the firm support extended to me, even at most difficult times in my leadership. “Indeed, the unique presidential support acted as the motivation that drove me through my tenure as Inspector-General of Police. I can assure Mr. President that I shall remain eternally grateful and will sustain my commitment to his vision and values even in retirement. “To members of the press, my friends, and indeed all Nigerians, as I bow out, I must put on record my deep appreciation of your constructive criticisms, pieces of informed advice, encouragement and unalloyed support for me. I call on you to extend similar favour to my successor even as I assure you all that the network we have built over the years will remain valued and sustained as I walk into retirement life,” Arase pledged


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