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Extrajudicial Killings: IGP Reads Riot Act To Policemen

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has handed out a stern warning to police personnel over the rising cases of extrajudicial killing of innocent Nigerians, saying such acts must stop.

The acting IGP gave this warning due to the recurring incidence of misuse of firearms and other forms of misconduct by some policemen which have resulted in death and injury to unarmed citizens, especially in Lagos State.

IGP Adamu spoke when he paid an official visit to Lagos State to condole with the family, friends and well-wishers of recent victims of such police killing. Ada Ifeanyi and Emmanuel Akomafuwa, two lovers shot by the police on Sunday are the latest victims of such killings.

He used the visit to address officers and men of the Lagos  State Command against involving in acts that pit the police against the citizens they are statutorily obligated to serve and protect.

According to Force spokesman, Frank Mba, the IGP, in his address to over 1000 officers and men of the Command at the Police College, Ikeja, stated that the Nigeria Police Force, as a disciplined, transparent, responsible, responsive and accountable institution, would never condone any form of abuse of power, overzealousness and sundry unprofessional conduct.

He reiterated that such anomalies, aside negating the professional calling of the police, are unacceptable as they create distrust and disdain between the citizens and the Force, thereby widening the trust gap between the two.

The IGP, however,  gave assurance to Nigerians that the Force had immediately embarked on administrative actions and policies directed towards giving a new orientation to the personnel, especially on human rights and international best practices.

While noting that there would be personnel re-organisation in Lagos State, the IGP also directed nationwide training and capacity development programmes on weapons handling and laws and policies regulating the use of force.

Mba also stated that the IGP, earlier in a private meeting with the family of the victims, Ada Ifeanyi and Emmanuel Akomafuwa, commiserated with them and assured them that justice will not only be done but will be manifestly seen to have been done in the case of their deceased and injured wards.

In his response, the spokesperson of the family of the deceased, Barr. Obuesi Philips, appreciated the IGP for his timely response and appealed to him to ensure that he walks his talk.


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