IGP reads riot act to DIGs, AIGs, CPs
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim KpotunIdris, has warned police commissioners to conduct themselves professionally and handle criminal cases diligently.
The IGP gave the warning while addressing Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) at a conference at the Force Headquarters in Abuja recently.
“I expect the highest standard from you. Don’t let anybody buy your conscience. Hold your own. I want you to be very professional,” the IGP said.
Idris, who assured them that the Federal Government was ready to address the challenges facing the police force, urged the personnel to change the public perception of the force and live up to expectation.
He charged them to be very civil in relating with members of the public and respect their socio-cultural values.
Idris also ordered them to embrace the ‘Change begins with me’ slogan and ensure that no money was collected for bail.
“As you are all aware, bail is free’, always sensitise officers and men in your commands on this, as anyone caught on this act would be dismissed from service.
“The law as we know is blind. We represent the most visible arm of justice and we must use that power prudently.
“However, we must embrace change as the only permanent fixture in life,’’ the IGP said.
The police boss also warned that any senior policeman found in any form of corrupt practices would be punished accordingly.
Idris said the era of bribery and corrupt practices in the police circle was over, and he also cautioned against illegal investigation of cases, unlawful and prolonged detention, urging them to always respect human rights in the course of investigation.