IGP orders withdrawal of mobile police attached to politicians

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the immediate withdrawal of all the mobile police officers deployed to unauthorised beats or attached to individuals.

He said this at the passing-out parade of Police Mobile Force Squadron Commanders Seminar/Combat Operation Course at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State.

Idris says mobile police men should not be used as bodyguards to politicians and other unauthorised individuals.

Addressing the gathering, the Acting IG urged commanders of the operational arm of the police force to display a high sense of professionalism by ensuring that personnel are appropriately deployed and attached to only authorised persons.

He tasked officers to shun tribalism, nepotism and sectionalism, stressing that there is no divide and rule in the force.

He also charged them against extra-judicial killings describing human lives as precious.

The IGP restated that all commissioned officers from the rank of an assistant superintendent of police to the inspector-general of police would soon declare their assets to signal the force’s commitment to checking corruption amongst its personnel.

“As part of measures to check corruption and in line with the current administration’s anti-corruption mantra, efforts are in top gear to ensure that all commissioned officers from the rank of an assistant superintendent of police to the IG declare their assets.

“This initiative is aimed at checking the activities of corrupt practices and deterring others from indulging in corrupt practices. Corruption is a canker worm which has been identified as the most critical factor holding the Nigeria Police back from the path of quality and professional service delivery.

“Past administration has done so much to tackle corruption and ensure that the force is riddled of a few misguided elements bringing infamy upon the image of the force.”

Idris expressed hopes to consolidate on the foundation and ensure that corruption is fought to a standstill.

He said the IGP monitoring unit and X-squad will help to checkmate officers nationwide with a view to enforcing accountability, transparency and Discipline among officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police boss noted that the occasion could not have been more pertinent than now.

“This event is coming at a very crucial time when the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to build a police force capable of combating emerging security challenges of national concern such as kidnapping, militancy, insurgency, terrorism, communal clashes, cattle rustling and a host of other organised crimes,” he said.