Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, on Wednesday said that the welfare of police personnel was of paramount importance in the new police reforms.
He said that N100,000 was being proposed as the minimum salary for the least police officer.
Abubakar spoke through the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone Four, Mr Mike Zoukomor, at a lecture for officers and men of the Plateau Police Command in Jos.
“The money you are being paid is not enough, that is why the police is working towards increasing the money. We are doing our best to ensure that your morale is high, you must therefore put in your best at ensuring that the society is free of any form of crime,’’ he said.
He urged policemen to exhibit the highest sense of discipline and professionalism in carrying out their duties.
“You must ensure that you do not extort money from members of the public and you must be polite in dealing with them as well.”
“If you are caught stealing or found taking hard drugs, you would be severely punished, because you are supposed to show good example.”
“Things like drunkenness will not be tolerated. Police officers must not be seen as a drunk,’’ he said.
Mr Chris Olakpe, Plateau Commissioner of Police, advised the officers and men to put into practice the advice given by the Inspector-General.
“The IG has told us that it is what you sow that you would reap. You must continue to work very hard and do the right thing,’’ he said.
The commissioner promised that the men and officers of the command would continue to protect lives and property in the state.