By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, yesterday, warned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to desist from the habit of shooting civilians or risk being jailed within 48 hours of the commissioning of the offence.
Arase spoke at Eleweran headquarters of the Ogun State Police Command in Abeokuta.
According to him, it will become an offence for SPY officials recruited by banks as part of their security teams to wear police uniforms, ordering that such men should be arrested and detained.
He, however, appealed to the rank and file of the force to show civility in their operation by obeying constituted authorities.
He decried a situation where policemen harass civilians with sticks and whips saying that such acts can only portray the force in bad light.
The police boss, however, commended officers and men of the command and gave immediate promotion to the next rank to eight sentry guards who performed the guard of honour for him just as he awarded personal scholarships to eight pupils of the command’s primary school who entertained him.
He enjoined the leadership of the command to promote good relationship with their host communities saying that policing now is more of information and intelligence gathering.
He warned his men not to dabble into commercial and civil matters.
Arase also warned policemen against detaining of suspects more than the time allowed by law saying police authorities have paid money running into millions of naira in damages that arose from illegal detention.
He, however, singled out dangerous crimes like murder and armed robbery that can warrant longer detention of suspects because they will involve courts to process.
The police chief also enjoined his men to improve their image saying wearing of slippers for instance does not portray the force in good light.
Earlier, the state commissioner of police Abdulmajid Ali, listed the challenges facing the command to include poor infrastructure and the need for additional divisions.