Buhari Warns Police Against Harassment of Young Nigerians

In News 2019-10-29 09:28:12
Buhari Warns Police Against Harassment of Young Nigerians
Buhari Warns Police Against Harassment of Young Nigerians

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the Police to shun excessive use of force and harassment of innocent young Nigerians in their quest to rid the country of internet fraudsters.

 

The president who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a-3 day conference and retreat for senior officers themed  “repositioning the force for the challenges of effective policing in the 21st century”.

 

Osinbajo identified funding, limited manpower profile, professional capacity gaps and issues arising from the relationship between the Police and the citizens as challenges that need to be  addressed.

 

Prof. Osinbajo disclosed that recently some civil society groups complained about the arrest of young men and women just because they look successful and are carrying laptops. 

 

“Recently many civil society groups have complained about the arrest of young men and women just because they look successful and are carrying laptops.

“Yes we must apprehend yahoo criminals but we cannot harass young men and women on the streets and in taxis most of whom are merely going about their legitimate businesses.

 

“There are also cases of extrajudicial killings and injuries; misuse of weapons and excessive use of force by some members of the force.

 

“ This sort of conduct by a few bad police officers must stop, and it is the duty of you senior and strategic leaders of the Police force to ensure that impunity of any kind is discouraged and punished where it is found.’

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in his address said the senior Police officers retreat is expected to avail participants the opportunity to draw on the expertise of seasoned facilitators.  IGP Adamu disclosed that the security threats in the nation require urgent solutions. 

 

The IGP also urged officers to rededicate their statutory duties in order to provide security that will not only place the Police above criminal elements but guarantee services in a professional, civil and lawful manner. 

 

Additional report by Ijeoma Esek