By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, Wednesday, tongue-lashed zonal and state heads of Criminal Investigation Departments, CIDs, for not doing enough to curb the excesses of their operatives with regard to human rights abuses and shortcoming in investigations.
Abubakar warned that zonal and state commissioners of police in-charge of criminal investigation would, henceforth, be held liable and sanctioned over corrupt tendencies of officers under their control.
Speaking at the second conference for the Nigerian Police heads of Zonal and State’s CID’s in Abuja, the IG said: “The essence of this seminar is to put our heads together to look at security issues facing the country, especially as they pertain to investigations and prosecution”.
“As you may well be aware, there are many unresolved cases of murder, assassination and what have you. As the lead security agency of internal security, we must do our best in terms of revealing those behind murder, assassinations and other unresolved crimes.
“In doing so, we must take into consideration the rights of suspects. Suspects should be treated as human beings and their rights respected until they are convicted by the courts for the crime.
“After this seminar, if there is a case of corruption in any of the zonal or state CID, I will hold you the heads squarely responsible and sanctions will be meted out.
“Corruption must be stamped out. Take this warning seriously because where corruption exist or is revealed in a case, you have questions to answer.
“There is need for personal assessment of the men and women under you, so that you know and checkmate their excesses.”
Abubakar said it was wrong for CID officials to condescend to the extent of using exhibits recovered during investigations as police working tools, adding that the era of having investigators use exhibits to do police work was over as it was totally wrong to do so.
On competence of heads of department, Abubakar also said the era of having investigators with dull imput was over.
According to him, the world has gone scientific when knowledge can be got from anywhere, including the social media.
“Try also to have an idea of the law. You don’t have to be a lawyer. You must adhere to the observance of extant rules and laws of investigation.
“As police officers, if you are a bad investigator as head of CID, then you will produce bad investigation report. Failure of the zonal or state CID means the Force CID has to come in and this can no longer be acceptable because if you do it right, it means the FCID will not come in, even if it is murder.
“I want you to take your job seriously. If you do your job well, there won’t be corruption. A situation where suspects are detained in the cell arbitrarily will not arise; allegations of torture will not arise.”
Earlier, DIG in charge investigations at Force headquarters, Peter Yisa Gana, said continuous learning, attitudinal change, professionalism, commitment to service and effective networking were essential instruments of modern management and core elements of any transformation programme.