Shoot Civilian, Go To Jail – IGP Warns Nigerian Police

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, warned Nigerian Police that henceforth, any policeman that shoots unarmed civilian will be jailed. Arase warned commissioners of police to make sure that no officer with psychological problems are to be seen on any assignment, he also added that officers are to stop using horsewhips and canes on Nigerians.

IGP Arase gave the order on Thursday while addressing police officers from various rank and file at the State headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta in Ogun State.

“Nigerians are not animals, don’t beat civilians with horse whips, especially the officers on the governor’s convoy. Any police officer that shoots a civilian must be arraigned in court within 48 hours because you’re not allowed to shoot a civilian,” Arase said.

He also stated that no spy police attached to any banks in Nigeria should be seen on police uniform  from the very first day of January 2016, any erring officer risks being detained.

He also went to see the level of preparations in place for the befitting burial plans for the late Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, who would be laid to rest on Wednesday in Ikenne, Ogun state.

While on his visits to the state, and as part of his determination to boost the morale of hard working officers and commend professionalism, he promoted 8 sentry guards of the command for their excellent performance during the inspection.

The promoted officers are: Emmanuel Unazi, Faruna Danjuma, Friday Momodu,Usip Uwemedimo,  Haruna Ijiji, Tochukwu Igwe, Felix Adejoh, and Matthew Adelu.

12 primary school students of Police Children’s School, Eleweran, who welcomed the IGP to the command also received personal scholarship from him.

He stated while announcing the welfare package of his administration, that plans has been concluded to construct 25,000 post retirement housing estate for ranks and files officers across the country, as a matter of urgency, the IGP directed the state commissioner of Police, CP Abdulahmajid Ali to look for a suitable land with title documents for the housing estate in Ogun.

So far, “36,000 officers have benefited from promotional courses while others with additional qualifications would also be considered,” he promised.

Earlier on in his welcome address, the Commissioner requested for six additional area commands in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Abdulahahmajid Ali also revealed that the command is in dire need of additional manpower to be able to match the increasing security challenges in the state.

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