The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase on Monday vowed to rid the force of every inducements that lure policemen into bribery and corruption, which has brought the law enforcement agency to disrepute in recent times.
Arase, who disclosed this in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, while addressing officers and men of the Abia State Police Command headquarters, Arase declared that the Nigerian police force should be one that Nigerians should be proud of.
He maintained that every policeman in the country ought to dress appropriately with a certain carriage while on duty in order to elicit respect and confidence among the public.
The police boss expressed readiness to ease the sufferings of the junior officers through improved welfare packages such as promotions as and when due, scholarship awards to their children and ensuring that all their emoluments and allowances are given to them.
“You are the ones who stand on the road to ensure security, stay late in the offices, tell me what don’t you do, there is every reason for you people to be catered for to discourage corruption and enthrone integrity in service,” he stated.
While charging his officers to cooperate effectively with their immediate environment in order to make their job easier, Arase advised the policemen to always analyze situations before taking actions to be able to identify and differentiate between criminal and civil matters and handle them accordingly.
Responding, the Commissioner of Police, CP, in the state, Joshak Habila appealed to the Inspector-General for another area command in Abia North senatorial zone of the state to meet up with security challenges in the area.
He stated that the command has recently encountered challenges in the agitations by MASSOB and IPOB but stated that they have handled them effectively without any problems.
The CP informed his superior that the state government has made available a large expanse of land with certificate of occupancy for the construction of housing estate for policemen in the command.