In the lead of the forthcoming ‘National Democracy day,’ June 12, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has charged commissioners of police in the various States; including the Federal Capital Territory, to deal intensely with any person or group, who may want to take advantage of the Democracy day, to threaten internal security orde.
In a meeting with strategic commanders of the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja, the IGP ordered them to be civil with law abiding citizens in the course of the event.
He said, “June 12 Democracy Day, is days away. We are currently reviewing a hitch free exercise.
“Details of this will firm part of our discussion. I must, however, remind you all of the need to remain civil with law abiding citizens; but firm with any person or group that may wish to take advantage of the event to threaten our internal security order.
The IGP said he was dismayed that command Commissioners of police still allow their officers to impound vehicles at police stations.
He stated; “Police facilities are not junkyards and must not be turned to one. Indeed, such acts creates vulnerabilities, which often engender attacks on our facilities.
He, however, directed all commands to clear all indiscriminately impounds vehicles off their stations, adding that he would inspect the various commands, and any head zonal commander, Commissioner of Police, or unit head, who does not comply with the order, would be dealt with.
In addition, he noted specifically that the suspension of issuing of Spy plate numbers and tainted glasses permits.
“An emerging trend in which some motorists cover their plates numbers, have also been noticed across the country. This practice inhibits our law enforcement operations, and hence is intolerable. Consequently, Commissioners of police are tasked to as part of their operations arrest any motorists involved in this act.
Baba, however, cautioned the Commissioners of police, who are still mounting roadblocks, in their jurisdiction; urging the security operatives to align policing strategies to societal dynamics.
IGP added that policy model was becoming obsolete and unacceptable, while adopting intelligence-led, and technology driven policing, which he said was a safer highway (motorized) patrol scheme as an alternative to roadblocks.
Baba, charged the command to ensure deployment within their command.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 8, 2021