Friday, 23 September 2016

Police IG Warns Officers - You Don't Have Any Right To Take Someones Life [READ MORE]

Updated 23 September, 2016
Following the report by Amnesty International which exposed alleged unprofessional activities of the police in Nigeria, Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general of the law enforcement agency, has warned men of the force, particularly operating at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 

While meeting with SARS commanders in Abuja on Thursday, September 22, 2016, a day after the report that embarrassed the police authority was released, Idris warned that such impression must be corrected.


The Amnesty International had accused the men of the squad of systematically torturing detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes. “You have to correct this impression. This is a new beginning to give the nation a new anti-robbery squad. 


“Please don’t fail us. This management has the hope in you, I don’t want you (SARS) to fail us,” Idris told the commanders at the meeting, adding that the new SARS should be an advocate of the new change mantra of the present administration.
“We are going to retrain you even as you work in your different zones. “You should have the courage to tackle what is against human nature,” he said adding that every SARS unit would be under the command structure of the police commissioners in the states, except the FCT.
“You don’t have the right to take life of anybody or change civil offence to criminal offense. 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Idris urged the media to request a visit to the various detention facilities and make their report while further stressing that it was illegal for any police personnel to shoot into the air and cause panic in the community. 


The commissioner of police in charge of the federal SARS, Dibal Yakadi, said his men were ready to operate within the confines of the laws.


He said: “We will not disappoint you; we will work round the clock to restore the lost confidence, we will continue to talk to our men.”

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