Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has read the riot act to the 36 State police commissioners, warning that he would not hesitate to flush out any of them involved in acts of professional misconduct.
The police chief made this known while addressing the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and police commissioners at a conference in Abuja.
While urging the Commissioners of Police to conduct themselves professionally and handle criminal cases diligently, IGP Idris said, “I expect the highest standard from you. Don’t let anybody buy your conscience. Hold your own; I want you to be very professional.”
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, who confirmed this in a statement, quoted his principal as saying that any act of misconduct could throw them out of the force.
Assuring that the Federal Government was ready to address the challenges facing the Police Force, the IGP urged the personnel to change the public perception of the Force and live up to expectation.
The police chief charged them to be very civil in relating with members of the public and respect their socio-cultural values.
Idris also ordered them to embrace the ‘change begins with me’ slogan and ensure that no money was collected from members of the public for bail.
“As you are all aware, Bail is free’, always sensitize officers and men in your commands on this, anyone caught on this act will be dismissed from service”, he said, adding that “The law as we know is blind. We represent the most visible arm of justice and we must use that power prudently. ”However, we must embrace change as the only permanent fixture in life.”
The police boss also warned that any senior policeman found engaged in any form of corrupt practices would be punished accordingly.
He said the era of bribery and corrupt practices in the police was over, while warning that any senior officer found to be engaged in corrupt practices would face the full wrath of the law.