Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said henceforth urine tests will be carried out on all policemen for signs of drug abuse before they are issued lethal weapons or posted to their operational points.
He said any police officer who fails such test would be denied access to firearms.
Arase stated that the police would provide appropriate help to wean them from drugs or other emotional or psychological issues that may trigger fatal outcomes in their line of duty.
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The IG said this on Wednesday in Abuja during the inauguration of drug testing and campaign against sudden death among police officers organised in collaboration with Hypertension and Diabetes Awareness Foundation.
Arase said the police had attracted public odium through misapplication of weapons which he said could be due to mishandling of firearms by police officers who were psychologically unfit to handle weapons at that particular time.
- News 24