Lagos - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP),
Suleiman Abba, has restated the commitment of police officers to
observance of the rule of law and the respect of the fundamental rights of
citizens and residents alike.
According to a statement Emmanuel Ojukwu, the force Public
Relations Officer released from the Headquarters in Abuja, Abba, while
admitting that there were circumstances under which an officer might
be provoked in the course of duty, the IGP stressed that the attributes
of a police officer as contained in the Police Regulations, required of
every officer to exercise tact, patience and tolerance and the
control of his temper in trying situations.
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Addressing a cross section of senior officers and
stakeholders in his office, IGP advised all officers of the imperative necessity
to apply caution in the use of firearms, warning that except in extreme circumstances, arms shall not be used during the forthcoming
He observed that the rule of law is the underpinning tenet
of democracy, which will guide Police officers in the discharge
of their roles in the forthcoming national elections, said Ojukwu.
The IGP further reassured the public that the Nigeria Police
has a mandate to save and protect lives, and not to kill, contrary
to recent statements in the media. He cautioned officers to avoid
excesses, pointing out the dire consequences attendant on abuse of
human rights, all of which are contained in the recently released Human
Rights Practice Manual.
He concluded by restating the preparedness of the Police to
provide the requisite security before, during and after the
elections, Ojukwu said.
- CAJ News