IGP reads riot act to DIGs, AIGs, CPs

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Shehu Abubakar

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.

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