By Evelyn Usman
lagos—Commissioner of Police, , Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, disclosed that policemen at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, SCIID, Yaba Lagos, would undergo profiling , with a view to flushing out those who were recruited into the Force as tailors, barbers or dog handlers but found their ways to the department through questionable means.
This is just as he has charged the newly deployed Deputy Commissioner of Police , SCIID, Mrs Yetunde Longe, to carry out audit of all exhibits at the department, with a warning to policemen to return any exhibits of suspects that was either diverted or converted to personal use.
Edgal , who read the riot act to the policemen during a visit to the SCIID , did not hide his consternation over the present state of the department, describing it as a far cry from its enviable former state.
He attributed the genesis of the present state of the SCIID to a shift from professionalism, as well as influx of some policemen who were recruited into the Force under Works department.
He said: “Every personnel here must be profiled. We must restore the state SCIID to its pride of place. That is why you see a policeman not able to handle a case file because he has not been converted. On your own if you were recruited into the Force as dog handlers, tailors , barber and you are here, you are not on general duty because you have not been converted. Return yourself back to Works department, where you came from.
“ There must be audit of all the exhibits. Many exhibits both miscellaneous and vehicular are now in the hands of some unscrupulous policemen here, they have diverted and converted them . It is a criminal offense and I pray none of you is caught in that act because the consequence will be terrible.”
He also warned that on no account should Investigating Police Officer, IPO demand for mobilisation from any complainant, advising rather that such demand should be passed to sectional heads or the DC, particularly in cases that warrant traveling outside the state to effect suspects arrest.
Calling on all policemen in the Department to try to win back the trust and confidence the public once had on the department, Edgal also advised those who allegedly fortified their dates of deployment to the department so as to prolong their stay there , to desist from such act, reminding them of the need to be versatile as a cop.
In her remark, the first Woman DC , Longe, pledged to do everything within her ability to reposition the SCID , with the support of her men and officers .
However on his way out of the department, the CP paid an unscheduled visit to Sabo Yaba division to inspect the state of the cell and activities of policemen. On entering the cell, he expressed satisfaction at its state even as he interrogated four suspects that were detained there , to ascertain the crime for which they were detained and also to know how long they had been there.
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