IG threatens to jail trigger-happy policemen
INSPECTOR General of Police Solomon Emmanuel Arase yesterday threatened to deal ruthlessly with any policeman that shoots innocent civilians across the country, insisting that such officer would face the wrath of law in 48 hours.
The IGP, who frowned at what he called unruly attitude of some men in the society, however, declared that, “any officer that shoots any innocent civilian would be arrested and arraigned before the court of law within 48 hours.”
Arase maintained that the era of accidental and unprofessional discharge of bullets is over; hence policemen must henceforth elicit acceptable professional conduct in the society.
The Inspector General of Police, who issued the threat yesterday in Kano while addressing officers and men added that men of the Force must desist from arresting and detaining suspects for more than 24 hours except in criminal cases like armed robbery and related offences.
The Police boss on operational visit to Zone One charged his men not to toy with the fundamental human rights of the civilian populace, noting that the work of policing can efficiently be executed only in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding with the host community.
The IGP in his words “no Police anywhere in the world can serve without respecting the fundamental human rights of the people. Our officers must be disciplined in all conduct and most especially the police must note that today you are in uniform and tomorrow you will be civilian.
“No police officer under my watch would disregard and disrespect the dignity and sanctity of the civilian citizens. And we most also avail ourselves to modern policing. We would not accept policemen wearing bathroom slippers on duty and the use of horse weep on citizens. These kind of uncharitable and indecent attitudes would not be acceptable any more.”
While assuring the men of timely promotion and better welfare scheme, the IGP noted that about 36,000 police officers that underwent recent promotion courses would soon have their result released.
Arase revealed the efforts of the management to sustain human development and capacity training to improved intellectual capacity of officers and rank and files.
He approved the immediate promotion of Corporal Ibrahim Adamu, whose hands was cut during encounter with cattle rustlers in Kano to Sergeant with N1 million for medical service.