Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase yesterday in Enugu, threatened to arrest Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers who failed to enforce the ban on road-blocks.
Arase said a task-force has been put in place specifically for that purpose.
Speaking shortly after he attended the graduation ceremony of Batch one, Tactical Intelligence and Command Management Course at the Police Intelligence School, Enugu, the IGP said he would not tolerate any stories in that regard.
He also warned police officers against corruption as he had zero tolerance for corruption, adding that he would not like people to be kept in detention unnecessarily.
“I don’t like keeping people in detention unnecessarily. Before you arrest somebody, you should have gathered sufficient evidence, so it should not take you more than 48 hours to decide on what next to do.
“The idea of arresting people before you go and start gathering evidence will no longer be tolerated”, he stated
The Acting Inspector General of Police restated that the ban on road-block was still in force, noting that in the place of road-block, which he said damaged the image of the force, highway patrol teams should be made efficient to instil confidence on road users.
Earlier at the Police Intelligence School, Arase had recalled that the institution was opened in 2012 upon the realisation “that in over one hundred years of its existence, the Nigeria Police had no institution dedicated to the training of intelligence operatives.
“This gap, by my professional judgement, was a fundamental factor in the inability of the Force to cope with the dynamics of crime in Nigeria and within the West African sub-region”.
The Acting IGP said even though some successes were recorded at the take-off of the institution, “Sadly, however, the success slowed down following the suspension of training activities for the past one year due largely to budgetary challenges”.
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