No more excuse for accidental discharge —Police •Vigilante groups to face screening and monitoring

Posted by News Express | 13 November 2014 | 2,841 times

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Authorities of the Nigeria Police say it will no longer tolerate excuses from its men concerning unlawful killing of citizens in the name of ‘accidental discharge’.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Emmanuel Ojukwu, made the declaration today at the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA)/I-Nigerian Initiative media briefing in Abuja. He lamented the unprecedented number of casualties the force has suffered in the on-going terrorists’ activities in parts of the country.

Ojukwu said: “There is nothing like accidental discharge because every gun has a safety lever. You must have cocked the gun before it fired and you only cock a gun when you have the intention of firing. If you kill illegally, the police will deal with you.”

He noted with regret that most of the time when casualty figures are reported in the media from the war against Boko Haram, no mention is made of policemen whereas “police have more widows and orphans than any other agency in the country.” He appealed that adequate and prompt compensations be given to dependants of these fallen heroes.

Speaking on how the police was able to minimise incidences of cattle rustling in the North-West parts of the country, Ojukwu said it deployed the 13 helicopters it possessed to engage the thieves in aerial surveillance while other officers combed the forests on foot to combat the militant marauders in the affected communities in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna states, among others.

The Force PRO, however, said the operation would be a continuous one so that those who have gone into hiding will not have the opportunity to return.

He dismissed complaints that despite the creation of other agencies like Nigerian Customs, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence, Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Road Safety Commission and others, policemen still perform those functions.

According to him, Nigeria Police is the oldest law enforcement agency in the country and was vested with enormous powers but that despite the creation of other agencies later, there has been no law removing such functions from the police.

He explained that the police is currently being repositioned for better performance and that it was in that regards that Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba has ordered the auditing of police armoury and constituted another committee to review the technical infrastructure, including ICT.

On the much contentious issue of removal of police orderlies from Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal, Ojukwu declined to speak much but contended that there was already a decided Supreme Court case on the matter that it becomes a matter of compulsion for the occupier of the office to vacate the seat once he/she leaves the party upon which he contested and won the election in the first place.

He then reviewed the number of casualties from yesterday’s bombing of Federal College of Education, Kontangora, Niger State, saying that aside the female suicide bomber, another student who was badly wounded later died, thus bringing the number of deaths to two

Meanwhile, IGP Suleiman Abba has directed Commissioners of Police across the nation to ensure adequate screening/supervision of Vigilante group to ensure that they work in conformity with lay down Regulation in order to avoid all forms of abuses.

The IGP also has issued a stern warning against the use of thugs to further political interest. He warned via a statement issued today in Abuja that thugs and their sponsors will be arrested and prosecuted.

The statement added that these directives have become imperative, considering the need to ensure violent free general elections in 2015. To this end, the IGP has also instructed that an Officer be appointed in all Commands to oversee the activities of these groups and render regular reports of their activities.

•Photo shows IGP Suleiman Abba.


Source: News Express

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