New acting IGP assures citizens of 'comprehensive' police reforms

New acting IGP assures citizens of 'comprehensive' police reforms

- The Nigerian Police would be faced with a comprehensive reform process, the new inspector general of police has said

- Mohammed Adamu said the effect of the reforms would be felt from the Force Headquarters down to the zonal and state commands across Nigeria

- According to Adamu, the police would focus on protecting and advancing the rights of all citizens of Nigeria, regardless of their socio-economic status

The new acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, has assured Nigerians of a comprehensive police reform across the country.

Speaking at his inaugural conference with high ranking officers of the force in Abuja on Monday, January 21, the acting IGP said the effect of the reforms would be felt from the Force Headquarters down to the zonal and state commands across Nigeria.

“Indeed, in order to ensure that such offenders are conclusively brought to justice, the DIG FCIID has been directed to set up Special Election Investigation Teams (SEIT) that will be tasked with the exclusive functions of taking in custody and undertake detailed investigation of all arrested electoral offenders across the country.

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“The teams shall also liaise with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards the prompt processing of the case files of the offenders for prosecution,” Adamu said.

The acting IGP also said his administration would work towards restoring the traditional policing standards of the Force particularly in the operations; intelligence; investigation; training; science, technology and innovation; and monitoring and evaluation of activities and personnel.

He said that while the responsibility of the police is to operate within extant rules and best international policing practices, the law also imposes on the force an obligation of respecting, protecting and advancing the rights of all citizens of this country, regardless of their socio-economic status.

“Furthermore, public acceptance of the police under a democratic setting is not influenced exclusively by the number of crimes that are solved but by the manner such are attained. Since no Police Force ever succeeds by alienating its citizens, we are firmly resolved that, under my watch, policing will be citizens-centred, rules-driven, and accountability-guided," he noted.

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Also promising that the Nigeria Police would work closely with the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in the forthcoming general election, Adamu said it is part of the duty of the police to tackle thuggery and other electoral offences as part of strategies to ensure highly credible elections.

He said police professionalism and operational competence affects the credibility of elections.

Adamu said: “All states’ commissioners of police are to galvanise their personnel and mobilise logistics towards ensuring a peaceful and credible outcome of the general elections."

He noted that all law-abiding political actors must be secured and offenders must be punished.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Adamu had ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad.

IGP made the announcement on Monday, January 21, at his inaugural conference with commissioners of police and other senior officers in Abuja. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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