Restore Dignity To Nigeria Police Force – VP Tasks Acting IGP

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has challenged the newly appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to restore confidence and the dignity of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Osinbajo gave the task when he decorated the acting Inspector-General of Police with his new rank at the conference room of the Vice President’s office, State House, Abuja on Wednesday, April 7.

The Vice-President performed the decoration on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently on medical check-up in the United Kingdom.

Osinbajo urged the new Police boss to ensure that the NPF lives up to expectations and comply with the rule of law.

He said: “The organisation you are leading is one that is itself facing several challenges; your officers work in extremely difficult conditions; and some face the threat of super power by terrorists and hostile non-state actors while in the line of duty.

“There is no question at all that there is a lot to be done.

”Under your leadership, the Police must now rebuild some bridges of trust; and regain the confidence of the citizens.

”This is an on-going challenge; and task that the Police Force and all the senior members of the Police must take on as a responsibility.

”They must continue to rebuild their trust with the Nigerian public.”

Osinbajo also charged the acting IGP to implement the Community Policing Policy which had already taken off as well as restore the dignity of the Nigeria Police.

“One of the ways you can restore confidence and build trust is by implementing the Community Policing Policy which has already taken off and reconceptualising policing as a task carried out in partnership with local communities and officers who are members of these communities.

“Under your leadership, the force must live up to all the high standards of professional conduct and compliance with the Rule of Law.

”It must significantly improve the welfare and working conditions of its officers; while rapidly scaling up its forensic, logistical and operational capacities to meet today’s challenges.

“You must stamp out the excesses and abuses and the culture of impunity demonstrated by some elements of the force; which provoked public outrage against the institution.

”In short, your mission is nothing less than the restoration of dignity and high repute of the policing profession; and the continuous oiling of that machinery; that enables it to be one that is respected by the public and the international community,” he further advised.

He, however, charged Baba to build on the successes of his predecessor; adding that he should rejig the operational strategies of the Police.

Baba, who fielded questions from State House correspondents after his decoration, said he would build on the successes of his predecessor.

“You will see improvement on where my predecessor has left.

”There is room for improvement. Definitely, we are going to rejig our operational strategies,” he said.

 

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