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IGP Arase threatens to arrest police chiefs over roadblocks, detentions

Photo: Nigeria Police in demeaning gesture at roadblock

The acting Inspector General of Police in Nigeria, Solomon Arase, Friday in Enugu threatened to arrest Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers who failed to enforce the ban on roadblocks and unnecessary detentions.

It is probably the first time an IGP would talk this tough against roadblocks and unwarranted detentions. Arase said a task force has been put in place specifically for that purpose. He is definitely heading in the right direction in terms of police reforms, especially how the police engage with civilians.

Speaking shortly after he attended the graduation ceremony of Batch One, Tactical Intelligence and Command Management Course at the Police Intelligent School, Enugu, the IGP said he would not tolerate any excuses in that regard.

He also warned police officers against corruption, noting that he has zero tolerance for corruption, adding that he would not like people to be kept in detention unnecessarily.

“I don’t like keeping people in detention unnecessarily. Before you arrest somebody, you should have gathered sufficient evidence, so it should not take you more than 48 hours to decide on what next to do.

“The idea of arresting people before you go and start gathering evidence will no longer be tolerated,” he stated

The Acting Inspector General of Police restated that the ban on road-block was still in force, noting that in the place of road-block, which he said damages the image of the force, highway patrol team should be made efficient to instill confidence on road users.

Earlier at the Police Intelligence School, Arase had recalled that the institution was opened in 2012 upon the realization “that in over
one hundred years of its existence, the Nigeria Police had no institution dedicated to the training of intelligence operatives.”

(Additional reports | THISDAY)

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