[By VICTOR NZE]
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has urged Nigerians to exercise patience as the newly-introduced repositioning in the police force will take time to become effective, just as he reaffirmed his commitment to the ongoing reforms, especially as it concerns the activities of the Federal Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Special Tactical Units.
The IGP made this known during a courtesy call to him by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, Monday, at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.
Adamu also informed that other reforms are still in progress, noting that all the already announced measures aimed at checkmating future occurrence of extra-judicial activities by some personnel of FSARS and other Tactical Units of the Force will be followed to the letter.
He disclosed that some of the officers who have been found to be unruly and unprofessional in their dealings with the citizens, particularly the youth, have been arrested and are already facing disciplinary actions.
It would be recalled that, on Sunday, IGP Adamu banned operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including, the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and others, from operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels.
These police units were also banned from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, and others, with immediate effect.
Adamu also directed that no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti.
Remarking uring the Monday courtesy call, the minister Dare commended the IGP for his prompt response in tackling the issues and called for stronger collaboration and mutual understanding between the Police and the youth.
He also called for regular town hall meetings at various State Commands which will involve the police spokespersons, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other critical stakeholders to strengthen the synergy between the police and the citizens, especially the youth.
Corroborating the minister on the need for town hall meetings, IGP Adamu identified it as a feature of community policing, even as he reaffirmed the readiness of the police, under his watch, ‘to work with relevant stakeholders towards enhancing respect for the rights of the citizens and better bonding between the Police and the community at all times.’