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Police chief says officers to abide by rule of law

16 February 2015, 21:36

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 elections.

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

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