By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Following the incessant misuse of fire arms by police personnel in Lagos, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu is set to rejig the command leadership with a view to end such unprofessional conduct.
Stating that this may involve personnel re-organisation, the IGP added that more administrative actions directed at giving a new orientation to all police personnel will be undertaken in the coming days.
Furthermore, he said the line supervisors of any personal that engage in such act, including the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officer or Sectional Head shall henceforth be held liable for lacking supervision and shall be similarly sanctioned.
Adamu, who read the riot act on Monday while addressing police officers at the Police College, Ikeja said he was in the state to make a clear statement as regards misconduct by the operatives.
The IGP added that any policeman involved in the misuse of firearm will be charged with murder.
His words, ” In the coming days, more administrative actions directed at giving a new orientation to all police personnel and rejiggling the Lagos State Police Command will be undertaken.
This may involve personnel re-organisation. There will be nationwide tailor-made training and capacity development programmes that are directed at reorientating personnel to human rights and professional conducts.
I am sounding this note of warning loud and clear that any police personnel that insists on being incorrigible by engaging in abuse of his or her powers or misuses his weapons with fatal outcomes and in utter disregard to statutory provisions will be arrested, investigated through our internal disciplinary machinery and if found culpable shall be dismissed from service.
“In addition, such personnel will be charged to court for murder or sundry offences depending on his or her level of criminal liability in the instance.
Furthermore, the line supervisors of such officer including the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officer or Sectional Head shall be held vicariously liable for lacking supervision and shall be similarly sanctioned”.
As part of the long term, rather than the use of firearms, the IGP said the policemen shall henceforth use technologies and weapon systems such as electro-muscular disruption technology which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for routine patrols as a strategic approach towards reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misapplication of lethal weapons by the police.
“In perfecting these initiatives, we shall be engaging with Human Rights Bodies, International Agencies, Development Partners and Civil Society Organisations.” he said.
Adamu further commended policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command for their dedication to crime fighting and encouraged them to do more in line with international standards.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu who gave the opening remarks however expressed his disappointment over the fact the IGP is visiting the command on a bad note.
“The Lagos State Police Command would ve loved to welcome the IGP on a better note than the one that brought him. It is sad and unfortunate that the IGP is visiting Lagos due to the continuous misdemeanor of some policemen in Lagos.
“However, Lagos State Police Command is blessed with hardworking officers, working day in and out to make sure crime is reduced to the bearest minimum.” he said.
The Police Commissioner further assured the IGP and members of the public that the policemen are working to make Lagos safe.