The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has directed the IGP Teams on Monitoring of Police Performance to immediately commence the monitoring of activities/conducts of police officers on the highways, police stations and formations nationwide.
This directive, according to a statement by the Force Spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, is aimed at kick starting the enforcement of the Police Anti-Corruption Initiative (PACI) recently launched by the IGP.
It would be recalled that during a recent meeting with strategic police managers in Abuja, IGP expressed his resolve to rid the Force of all forms of corruption and warned officers and men to desist from corrupt practices.
While addressing the top police officers, the IGP said: “The enforcement process of this policy will engender the rejuvenation, refocusing, empowerment and motivation of the monitoring units, X-Squads and Provost Marshall Sections of the Force to enhance their competence and to effectively position them to lead the anti-corruption drive.
“Accordingly, very soon, the nation will witness a massive and sustained nation-wide deployment of the anti-corruption actions units of the Force for enforcement functions.
“The enforcement initiative will, however, be laced with in-house and national public enlightenment programmes, whistle blowing mechanism, and push for enhanced welfare and logistics empowerment as a preventive measure to petty corruption in the Force.
“I must sound a note of warning here. The new anti-corruption crusade of the Force will take full cognizance of the appropriate sections of our criminal laws and hold both the giver and the taker of bribes accountable.”
The IGP further urged officers and men of the Force to be mindful of the constitutional rights of the citizenry, while performing their statutory duties.
He, however, warned the officers against excessive use of force and unjustifiable application of lethal weapons contrary to standing rules of engagement, as the Force will not hesitate to punish indicted officers.
The IGP applauded the general public for their understanding, cooperation and support for the Force in the face of the current security challenges.