IGP directs nationwide update of police armouries

Solomon Arase

Solomon Arase

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed all Police commands in the country to update their armouries to ensure that all ammunitions are in good condition.

He gave this directive while responding to an observation made by Sergeant Nicholas Enguru yesterday, at the Police Headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where the IG is on a working tour of the state.

While interacting with the men and officers of the command, Sergeant Enguru told the IGP that in the command he was before being posted to Akwa Ibom, he was given a gun with 30 rounds from the armory but to his greatest dismay the gun could not fire because it has expired.

Responding, the IG noted that any police officer that goes out with expired ammunition was at danger when he faces criminal gang, thanking the officer for bringing such matter to his notice.

“If I am an accountant and I am careless, I will lose money but if you are a police officer, if you are careless with your men you lose lives and that is the difference. If you are having 30 rounds of ammunitions and you cork it and it does not fire and you are facing criminal’s gang, it means you are going to be killed.

“We are going to take care of that. The entire armorer should check
their ammunition to see that they are not expired; so that they would
not jeopardize the lives of our officers while on duty. This is a national thing, I am directing all armourers in all the commands to update their armouries,” he said.

The IG immediately announced Enguru’s promotion from Sergeant to Inspector. He therefore, urged the DPOs across the country to get connected to the community where they served, noting that, such would help carry out adequate security.

According to the police boss, this has informed his building houses for the inspectors, rank and files and appealed to the Akwa Ibom State government to provide land for the command for the construction of such houses.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, said that the command’s relationship with members of the public was based on international best practice.

Meanwhile, 20 police officers of various ranks have been sanctioned for misconduct between November 2015 and March this year.

Officer in charge of the Police Complaint Response Unit (CRU), Abayomi Shogunle, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday.

Shogunle explained that the sanction followed complaints received from members of the public during the period under review.

He said between January and March, the unit received and processed 1, 054 complaints from across the 36 states and FCT.

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