By Mohammed Aminu
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, Wednesday cautioned officers against harassing citizens, warning that the force will no longer condone abuse of human rights.
Abubakar gave the warning while receiving 60 Hilux vans and 1,000 motor cycles donated to Sokoto Police Command by the state government at Government House, Sokoto. He maintained that the era of police harassing innocent citizens is over, hence the need for them to be civil while carrying out their duties.
The police chief warned that the abuse of human rights would not be tolerated from any officer no matter his rank.
“You must be civil, you must not harass and intimidate citizens but must operate within the confines of the law and protect them. We will no longer condone any form of recklessness or abuse of human rights from any officer no matter his rank or position in the force,” Abubakar stressed.
Abubakar added that the donation had further cemented the relationship between the police force and the state government. He assured the governor that the vehicles and logistics would be judiciously utilised for effective policing of the state. The police boss charged the state commissioner of police to redouble efforts towards improving security in the state.
“You have been aided and supported by the government and efficient policing is what we expect from you. So, I don’t want to hear any security challenge from Sokoto State,” Abubakar added.
In a remark, Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, said the donation was meant to further strengthen the logistic effort of the police for effective security surveillance in all parts of the state.
He noted that the gesture is a further testimony of the state government’s commitment in the discharge of its responsibility.
The governor stated that government donated 30 Hilux vans to the police in 2010 and also constructed 52 police observation points at the cost of N106 million as well as a lecture hall at the Police Training School at the cost of N47 million.
Wamakko stressed that the modest contribution of the state government has gone a long way in promoting security in the state. He called on the police command to utilise the logistics for the purpose they are meant for.
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