Kidnapping of police officers: You should be ashamed, Idris tells police officers

By Editor on 19/10/2017

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Police officers received a heavy dose of tongue lashing from a totally scandalised Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, for being careless to the extent of allowing themselves to be picked up like lame ducks by kidnappers.

He particularly told commissioners of police in the states that they would henceforth be held responsible for any such laxity as it was completely embarrassing and annoying to hear of such incident, citing the Sunday’s kidnap of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Sarkin Pawa in Niger State, Amos Aliyu.

Aliyu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who was on Sunday abducted near his home at Turin Fulani by unidentified persons, is the latest in what has become a case of the hunter turning to the hunted, in the Nigeria’s crime world.

At a meeting with the police bosses in the state commands and other senior officers, the IG told them that they owed themselves their individual personal protection first, before pursuing criminals.

Part of the instruction of the nation’s number one policeman to the officers, was to ensure more visibility and deployment of officers and men to flashpoint areas, which he said was a good strategy in the reduction of crime.

Hear him: “We must take the protection of our officers seriously.  We have a problem; two days ago, one of our DPOs was kidnapped. How can you be a DPO, you have all the policemen under your Command and then you start driving as if you don’t have anybody.

“You allow the useless kidnappers to pick you and your orderly, it is very embarrassing. We had the same issue in Zamfara state where an ACP going on leave travelled alone. It is embarrassing.

“Utilize the men you have and you must protect yourself first. You can only protect others when you are protected because you are a target.

“The information we are receiving is that our ACP’s vehicle was abandoned in a bush and he has not been seen which obviously means that he has been kidnapped. How can we be living with such situation? It is becoming an embarrassment. DPOs and other personnel should be careful of their movement.

“The CP Niger said there is contact already and they are working on it. Policemen who are protecting others should not allow themselves to be target. We should be careful in our movement.

“Our officers have to be concerned about their personal safety first because this issue is becoming an embarrassment. CPs would also be vicariously liable for any policeman that is just picked up like a fowl or anything, it is very annoying.

“We should be careful in our movement. If you notice that an area is not safe, you should deploy men in those areas. We should take their protection very serious. Our policemen should also be careful with the way they move around”.

“The Nigeria Police Force is very glad with the law on kidnapping. With the law which is a death sentence for those that would be tried for kidnapping, the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria will be reduced.”

Stating that a massive deployment would be made to Anambra State for next month’s governorship election, he added: “The major challenges we are having now are the elections we would be having in Anambra state and two other states.

“The deployment will involve all commands. We are going to send directives to all CPs for the mobilisation of officers who are the Special Unit and the Conventional police for the election.

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“When you receive the directive, act on them promptly because it is going to be a massive deployment. We don’t have time to delay in our planning and deployment because the election date is too close. It is important for us to prepare so that we can provide personnel and logistics in order for the officers to perform creditably.


“It is unfortunate that before this election, we had some minor problems especially in the southeast but I believe the challenges have been addressed because we deployed 17 units there and with the additional deployment requested, we are going to take care of security in that location.”



Posted on October, 19 2017

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