By Dayo Johnson
FEW days after policemen in Ondo State brutalized a journalist, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Investigation in the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Israel Ajao, weekend, described the activities of such policemen who harass innocent persons as shameful and disgraceful.
Ajao also took a swipe on those who extort money from innocent motorists on the highway.
The DIG who was in Akure on a working tour said â€œmany of the erring officers were being arrested and disciplined daily through an internal self cleansing mechanism adopted by the force.”
Ajao who spoke on discipline in the force, decried lack of discipline, noting that the force headquarters would continue to ensure that the black legs were shown the way out.
The DIG charged DPOs across the country to ensure proper co-ordination of the activities of vigilante groups in their divisions, which he described as worrisome in recent times.
Ajao regretted that unco-ordinated activities of the groups across the country had led to ugly incidents with some leading to the death of police officers.
He advised the DPOs to intensify efforts at involving leadership of the various residents associations in the area on crime prevention and control.
According to him, â€œall non-performing DPOâ€™s will soon be flushed out from the system. I see no reason why a DPO should be in the office when he should be on the field with his men combing criminal hideouts.
On mounting roadblocks across the country, the DIG advised against shooting at the vehicle of any driver who refused to stop for necessary checks, saying it was against the training of the police to shoot at the tyre of a moving vehicle.
He pointed out that â€œany police who shoots and kill innocent Nigerian is on his own. It is better for 100 armed robbers to escape in a vehicle than for the police to kill one innocent passenger. If a vehicle was not arrested in Ondo, who says it could not be arrested in Edo State? Stop these arbitrary killings.
Earlier, the Ondo State Police Commissioner of Police Ballah Nasarawa, described the command as very peaceful because only 19 cases of armed robbery had been recorded this year while no case of bank robbery or kidnap had been reported in any of the 33 divisions since the beginning of the year.
Nasarawa urged the DIG to assist his command by providing necessary logistics to assist its operations and necessary welfare packages for his men to boost their morale.