BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday declared that reports of incidents of incivility to citizens, misuse of firearms, deployment of personnel on unauthorized duties and mounting of illegal road blocks by police personnel are illegal conducts that would no longer be tolerated by the Police high command.
The police boss therefore warned that Commanders shall henceforth be held accountable either directly or vicariously, not only for their actions or inactions, but for the professional infractions of all the personnel under their command.
IGP Adamu, who stated these at a conference with Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counterterrorism Units (CTU),and the Special Protection Units (SPU), commanders in Abuja noted that the primary duty of the officers and men of the police is the protection of the lives and property of citizens and strict adherence to Force orders and directives in so doing.
He said the need for the commanders to perform their duties within the dictates of rule of law and best internal standards is sacrosanct and should never be compromised under any circumstances or guise.
He said that the meeting was essentially directed at reviewing the achievements and engaging Commanders of the PMF/SPU/CTU of the Nigeria Police towards discussing ways and means of strengthening their operational capacities to deal with current internal security threats and position them to prepare for evolving threats within the New Year.
IGP Adamu said; “The tactical and operational Units of the Nigeria Police Force were established as specially trained and equipped detachments with capacity to undertake special operations aimed at deterring and mitigating the threats of violent crimes, and terrorism as well as the provision of specialized security and escort duties for high-risk individuals and corporate organizations.
“The three detachments were established to complement each other toward supporting the conventional police in addressing critical internal security challenges and civil disorders beyond the capacity of conventional police detachments.
“They are, therefore, critical components of the broad internal security architecture of the Nigeria Police Force and they have been strategic to the achievements we have so far recorded in relation to the stabilization of the nation’s internal security space over the past one year of my leadership.
“Having achieved this much, there is the need to re-evaluate our strategies with a view to sustaining the gains we have so far recorded having regards to the roles of the special operational arms of the Police,” Adamu said.
The police boss also said that the conference shall in the course of the meeting re-evaluate strategies and engage the Commanders in relation to their duties, operations, and challenges, among others as they are deployed to strengthen current internal security operations.
He said; “Let me seize this opportunity to appreciate the sacrifices that you, the Commanders, and your men have made in the discharge of your statutory duties to the nation. Some have unfortunately paid the supreme price in the line of duty, while some others are nursing injuries in responding to violent crimes across the country. The gallantry of these crops of officers shall be continually recognized and duly commended.
“As we strive to enhance your orientation and strengthen your professional capacity in dealing with current and emerging crimes, let me remind you that as commanders, you shall be held accountable either directly or vicariously, not only for your actions or inactions, but for the professional infractions of all the personnel under your command.
“In this regard, I must draw you attention to the recent admonition by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in his speech at the recent commissioning ceremony of some operational assets of the Nigeria Police that, ‘you must take cognizance of the fact that in the discharge of your duties, you shall not only be judged by the number of crimes you have busted nor the number of convictions you have secured, but by the extent to which the process of achieving your statutory mandate conforms to professional and legal standards’.
“In line with this presidential warning, I charge you to return to your Bases with a new orientation and firm determination to demonstrate competent and firm leadership that will not only sustain your profile as courageous and professional Commanders, but as one that will never compromise discipline and respect for the rights of the citizens.
“Doing otherwise shall, henceforth, attract stern disciplinary actions against you, including possibility of removing you as Commanders for lacking professional leadership competency,” IGP Adamu warned.