*Warns against extortion of road users
By Hassan Zaggi
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has charged Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners (CPs) in charge of states and zonal commands to ensure that adequate men and officers of the Force are spread to strategic areas in the country.
This, according to him, is to ensure that both the Christmas and New Year celebrations are hitched free across the country.
The IGP however, warned officers on road patrols to desist from extortion of road users, stressing that any suspected case will be thoroughly investigated and stiffer sanction mated.
A statement by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said: “The IGP reiterates his call for effective deployment of both human and material assets of the Force in protecting the major highways, recreational centres, motor – parks, places of worship, financial institutions and Government/Private Infrastructures amongst others.
“In addition, the IGP directs that the supervisory officers must ensure that they are personally on ground to monitor and supervise the officers and men under their watch for optimal performance.
“The IGP strongly warns police operatives, especially those detailed to man the high-ways to desist from all forms of misconducts and abuse of the rights of the citizenry and to adhere strictly to laid-down rules and standard operating procedures of the Force.
“He further warns that any reported act bordering on unprofessionalism, including extortion and intimidation of road users will be investigated and decisively punished.”
The statement noted that the IGP has expressed profound gratitude to Nigerians for their unwavering support to the Police and other security agencies throughout the year.
He also, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force heartily felicitates with all Nigerians as they celebrate the Yuletide.