The Nigerian Police Force has over the years had to contend with time and money-sapping litigations as well as public condemnation over the conduct of its policemen, some of whom have gained a notoriety for “accidental” discharges that either kill or maim innocent Nigerians they are meant to protect.
The police chief also banned the use of horse whips popularly known as “koboko” and canes by policemen in the convoys of state governors and other important personalities in the country on Nigerian motorists and other road users.
Mr. Arase further reiterated the January 1, 2016 deadline for Spy Police attached to banks to stop wearing police uniform or risk being arrested and prosecuted for impersonation.
He gave these warning and orders while addressing the rank and file at Eleweran Headquarters of the Ogun Police Command when he visited the state to assess the level of preparedness of his men and security measures put in place for the final burial ceremony of Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo in Ikenne.
IGP Arase pointed out that any police officer who shoots a civilian would be arraigned in court within 48 hours of his/her arrest.
He also warned state commissioners of police to stop deploying officers with proven cases of psychological problems on assignments.
“Nigerians are not animals; don’t beat civilians with horsewhips, especially the officers on governor’s convoys should be stopped by Commissioners of Police.
“Any police officer who shoots a civilian must be arraigned in court within 48 hours because you’re not allowed to shoot a civilian”, Arase warned.