The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has announced that policemen who took photographs with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will be punished.
The Police boss said this while addressing policemen at the Police College, Ikeja during a two-day visit to Lagos.
“Nationalism is key. Some officers were taking pictures with Nnamdi Kanu and this is someone that is challenging the unity of this country.
“We will not take it with levity. There should be no double loyalty to Nigeria. No matter your rank, your commitment to the country should be absolute.
“As policemen, you must be committed to unity, leadership and authority of government of this country. No double standards are allowed.”
Mr Ibrahim Idris, nevertheless, applauded the policemen for their commitment to duty, saying, “you are important for this job. We depend on you.”
He revealed that an additional 10,000 personnel had been recruited and undergoing training to increase the nation’s police. he police IG also disclosed that additional 88 area commands would be created to boost operational efficiency.
He said: “We are waiting for approval from the PSC for the 88 new area commands and by extension, this means we are going to have more assistant commissioners of police.
“This will also create room for more chief superintendents of police to be promoted. Do your best in your duties and you will be promoted.
“We are changing the face of policing in Nigeria, policemen that are people-oriented with the satisfaction of the citizens as the primary focus.”
The IG stressed his zero tolerance for corruption and warned police personnel to quit collecting money for bail. “Bail is free. If you collect money for bail, you will pay the price and we will kick you out of the force.
”Your duty is to provide services for the protection of lives and properties of the citizens,”he said.
Idirs also charged his men to respect the fundamental human rights of the citizenry, as well as their right to free speech and movement.
His words: “Section four of the Nigeria Police Act gives you the police officer the right to arrest anyone that constitutes offence, irrespective of your rank.
“Despite the rank, a constable can arrest a minister or anyone that contravenes the law of the nation but you must use that right judiciously.”