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Bribe Policeman, Get Prosecuted –Arase

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 at 9:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi,  Abuja


Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase has warned members of the public to desist from giving police officers money as bribe vowing vowed to deal ruthlessly but in accordance with both police officers and members of the public caught in the act.

The IGP gave the warning at his maiden conference with top police officers including Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs), in Abuja, yesterday.

He also re-emphasised that police road blocks remain banned, insisting that apart from being public nuisance, the road blocks are vulnerable points of corruption and source of police- citizens’ frictions.

Arase noted that the conference with senior police officers was aimed at creating a peer review platform that will strengthen crime management ability of the Force; evaluate police performance during the recently concluded general elections; evolve plans for hitched free inauguration of the president, governors, and state/national assembly members and to unveil the policy thrust of his administration and define clear implementation strategies.

Arase further warned that the anti corruption crusade of his administration will take full cognisance of the appropriate sections “of our criminal laws and hold both the giver and the taker of bribes accountable.

“Accordingly, much as official corruption will be dealt with in the Force, corrupt minded members of the public are sternly warned to refrain from corrupting the police system as they will also be brought to the justice they deserve.”

In order to achieve the anti corruption crusade in the Force, Arase noted that “ very soon, the nation will witness a massive and sustained nationwide deployment of the anti corruption units of the Force for enforcement functions.

“The enforcement initiative will, however, be laced with in-house and national public anti corruption enlightenment programmes, whistle blowing mechanism, and push for enhanced welfare and logistics empowerment as a preventive measure to petty corruption in the Force.”

Speaking further on the banned road blocks, the IGP warned that : “The Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in whose jurisdiction illegal road blocks are detected will be personally and vicariously held liable and strict and swift disciplinary actions will be initiated against such officers.”

The IGP also disclosed that in order to ensure that judges in the country are adequately protected, all police officers attached to civil commissioners will be reduced or withdrawn as the case may be and strengthen the Judges Protection Unit.