…warns against illegal road blocks, brutality, others
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), yesterday, met with Squadron commanders of the Mobile Police Force (MPF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), and the Special Protection Unit (SPU), in Abuja to find solutions to the security challenges within country.
The IGP said the meeting was necessary to enable the police review the challenges of the squadron’s operational capacity and reposition them to prepare for evolving threats in the New Year. He however lamented that the rising incidents of maltreatment of citizens, misuse of firearms, deployment of personnel on unauthorised duties and mounting of illegal road blocks by officers of the squadrons and frequent cases of police brutality across the country, which he said was against extant directives of his leadership as IGP.
Adamu said that brutality perpetrated by the units including police mobile force, special protection unit and counter-terrorism unit, will, henceforth, be dealt with decisively, adding that, “these unprofessional and illegal conducts are most intolerable. Your primary duty is the protection of the lives and property of citizens and strict adherence to Force orders and directives in so doing. Indeed, the need to perform your duties within the dictates of rule of law and best internal standards is sacrosanct and should never be compromised under any circumstances or guise”
He explained that tactical and operational units in the Nigeria Police were created as a specially trained and equipped detachments to undertake special operations and curb violent crimes, threats, terrorism and provide specialized security and escort duties for high-risk individuals and corporate organisations.
He further stated that the three detachments were established to not just complement each other but support the conventional police in addressing critical internal security challenges and civil disorders beyond the capacity of conventional police detachments.
He words: ”The three detachments were established to complement each other toward supporting the conventional police in addressing critical internal security challenges and civil disorders beyond the capacity of conventional police detachments. They are, therefore, critical components of the broad internal security architecture of the Nigeria Police Force and they have been strategic to the achievements we have so far recorded in relation to the stabilisation of the nation’s internal security space over the past one year of my leadership. Having achieved this much, there is need to re-evaluate our strategies with a view to sustaining the gains we have so far recorded having regards to the roles of the special operational arms of the Police.”