“Show respect to citizens”, IGP tackles Police Officers enforcing lockdown
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has warned police officers not to trample on the human rights of the citizenry under the guise of lockdown enforcement.
He gave the warning in a statement signed by the Police Spokesman, Frank Mba.
IGP Adamu has, therefore, urged state commissioners of police to conduct an assessment of conduct on officers assigned to enforce lockdown in certain areas of the state.
The statement reads in part;
“The IGP notes that the global community is now in extra-ordinary times, with the lockdown taking its tolls on every component of our national life. Therefore, all police officers deployed for the enforcement of these restriction orders must be professional, humane and tactful and must show utmost respect to the citizenry. To this end, the IGP has directed Command Commissioners of Police to immediately commence conduct monitoring of Police Officers deployed on enforcement duties in their areas of responsibilities.
“The IGP has equally charged Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) across the nation to ensure adequate supervision of personnel under their watch, as well as due compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure guiding this special task. The AIGs and CPs are also to ensure robust anti-crime patrols and surveillance around vulnerable targets such as medical facilities, shops and markets, residential areas, financial institutions and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) points, amongst others so that criminals do not take undue advantage of the current COVID-19 challenge to perpetrate crimes against the citizenry”