IGP moves to check extrajudicial killings by police

Posted by News Express | 15 January 2016 | 3,231 times

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Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has ordered that all police officers bearing firearms in the performance of official duties be subjected to psychological test and evaluation, to ensure that they are mentally and emotionally fit to perform their duties.

The order is “a show of concern for the recent extrajudicial killings by some Policemen in some parts of the country,” Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, said yesterday.

She said in a statement that Arase “noted that the exercise is aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by policemen, as well as protecting the public whom the police has the constitutional duty to serve, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.”

“The IGP disclosed that the central purpose of this exercise is to offer mental health recommendations that can help restore an officer to job fitness and deploy such Policeman to appropriate section he/she is fit to work,” the Force PRO said.

The IGP, according to her, “has, therefore, directed all police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months, noting that if any Police officer has a psychological condition or impairment unattended, will impact negatively on the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force.”

•Photo shows IGP Arase.

Source: News Express

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