May 20, 2013

AIG warns officers over accidental discharge


ABA—THE Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9, Umuahia, Abia State, Alhaji Tambari Yabo Mohammed, has warned officers and men of the state police command against accidental discharge, saying it amounted to carelessness.

He also warned policemen against meddling in civil matters, such as land and marriage issues, noting that policemen had no powers over such matters but the court.

The AIG, gave the warning when he went on a tour of the Aba Area Command, also warned his men against unlawful detention, saying it could cost the police a lot in form of payment of damages.

He said: “I have warned that there is need for us to go back to the olden days of policing, by ensuring that work ethics are properly obeyed. Officers must be punctual. The tradition in the force is that officers must be prompt at their beats”.

“Unlawful detention in the station is also not allowed, because if you detain anybody unlawfully, that person has the right to sue you, joining the Inspector General of Police, IGP, AIG and the Commissioner of Police and if care is not taken, the Police could be asked to pay for damages”.

Stressing the need for discipline among the officers and men, Mohammed disclosed that the code of conduct recently launched by IGP abhorred laxity and carelessness.

“The inspector general of police recently launched the police code of conduct, which spells out how officers and men of the Nigeria Police must conduct themselves. We expect to see well disciplined officers that do not see themselves as masters, but servants of the people.

“There is no provision for rudeness and naked use of force, there is no provision for indiscipline in the Nigeria Police, we don’t want to hear accidental discharge in the service. There is nothing like that, it is carelessness.

“The police code specifies clearly when a police officer can use firearms to protect himself or a citizen. Anything outside that provision is murder. And the officer involved must face murder charge,” Mohammad warned.

According to him, “we want to see a well disciplined force that is ready to carry out its statutory functions as contained in the Police Act and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; we would not like to see any police officer who is shabbily dressed.”

On crime fighting, Mohammad explained that the collective crime prevention strategies introduced by the command had helped it in keeping kidnappers and other criminals in check in the South East zone of the country.

According to him, the strategies include constant raids and patrols of criminal hideouts, proper manning of black spots, surveillance and intelligence gathering.

“Trying to know where the criminals are and how to nab them and prevent them from hatching their plans is the best way to stop crime, rather than allow it to happen before reactively follows the footsteps of the criminals”.

Mohammad also commended the public for assisting the police with reliable information that had led to the arrest of kidnappers and armed robbers in the area.

“I am happy to say that members of the public are cooperating with us. They are providing us with reliable information that has helped us in carrying out our duties”, he said.