Nigeria Police Force has revealed plans to include ethics and values in its training programmes.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase gave the indication yesterday at the force headquarters, Abuja, when he received a delegation from the National Ethics and Values Compliance Office, NEVACO.
The IGP said there was no organisation or establishment in Nigeria that does not have ethics orientation, stressing that the force has had very serious, dubious credentials, having negative public perception and public trust, but promised that the police management team would try and correct that negativity so that Nigerians will begin to see proper orientation in the way and manner the police conduct themselves.
Arase stated, “I can assure you that my management team are ready to change the perception. We have travelled extensively around this country and beyond and we have seen how police behave in these places. The police are supposed to be men and officers who are respected, who are given their due respect wherever they go to. That is what we are trying to do.
“I am going to give you all the support that you require and I think all the requests that are here are within our power and they are something that we can assist you with. Therefore, whenever we are having training and developmental courses, I will tell the DIG Training to extend invitations to your department. You can always send officers to those trainings to go and deliver lectures to them.”
Arase frowned at officers who over exercise their authority, stating that, “I am always against it. You cannot exercise authority when there are no people in the society. If those people are not there, the police force won’t be there as well. It is because the people are there, so you must exercise those powers in a very responsible manner.”
Earlier, the Director General of NEVACO, Dr. Emmanuel Adeoye told the IGP that his team has come to collaborate with the police and therefore, seek the establishment of ethics and values special unit at the force headquarters.
Dr. Adeoye said, “This unit will work directly with NEVACO to arrest where necessary, while NEVACO investigate cases for submission to the federal ministry of justice for prosecutions.”
The DG also solicited for police officers to work with NEVACO in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, as well as NEVACO head office in Abuja, and to approve a study on state of ethics of Nigeria police to be carried out jointly by NEVACO and the police.