Officers and men of the Osun State Command of the Nigeria police have been charged to maintain professionalism and good conduct in the line of their duty, especially when faced with uncooperative members of the public.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye gave the charge while addressing senior officers of the command at the headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital.
The command also paraded five-armed robbery suspects apprehended for stealing two vehicles and other valuables.
The state police boss told senior officers that its high time policing be done with human face in the state.
He says police brutality, corruption and breach of code of conduct will not be condoned in the force.
The Commissioner who disclosed that a total of nine vehicles have been recovered by men of the command since September, also paraded five suspects arrested at various points in the state for armed robbery.
In the meantime, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone XI, Dan Bature at a 3-day training on human right and police citizens’ relations for officers of the special Anti-Robbery Squad, charged the officers against infringing on the fundamental rights of the people.
Represented by the Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye, the AIG maintained that the primary duty of the police is to build the confidence of the police in the people rather than scare them.
The three-day training is expected to re-enlighten the role of the police and the proper Interaction with the people for effective policing.
As part of measures to reduce crime across Nigeria, the Nigeria Police has launched the ‘Eminent Persons and Stakeholders’ Forum in Osun State.
The police said security of lives and property must be taken as the business of every individual and not of security personnel alone.
The Assistant Inspector of Police in charge of Zone 11, Dan Bature, conducted the inauguration on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital in southwest Nigeria.
He stressed the need for a cordial relationship between the police and members of the society, saying it is imperative for the enhancement of security.
Highlighting the purpose of the forum, Mr Bature noted that new trends of crime were experienced across the country.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Simian Adeoye, explained that the inauguration was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.
He advocated the support and cooperation of every stakeholder towards ensuring proactive and effective policing in the state.
Stakeholders at the event, Samson Adewole and DIG Adeoye Adedayo (rtd), urged the residents to see the security of lives and property as a collective responsibility.
The police have launched similar forum in different states, as a strategy to maintain peace and secure lives and property of residents of different communities.
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have accused the Police Command in the state of being partisan.
This is coming in less than two weeks to the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 elections, as a crowd of protesters stormed the gates of the police command to express their grouse over what they call the undue arrests and intimidation of members of the party in the state.
The protesters marched to the gates of the Rivers State Police Command to register their grievance, chanting solidarity songs.
The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, called for calm and demanded for a meeting with some of the leaders of the protesters in his office.
However, the Police Commissioner said his command would not turn a blind eye to criminal activities for the sake of politics.
The Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sampson Parker, had earlier expressed worries over increasing number of election violence related deaths, saying “the electoral violence in the the State is epidemic”.
With the elections less than two weeks away, the clamour for violence free polls is not just a call from Rivers people but a cry for help.
However, the Assistant Inspector General of police (AIG) in charge of zone 6, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, at a gathering of security agencies, security experts and political stakeholders with focus on the conduct of a secure, peaceful and credible polls in Rivers State, stressed that the responsibility of ensuring credible and peaceful polls in the 2015 election is everyone’s call.
The on-going voters registration exercise in Rivers state has not been without controversy.
Following a tip off by a concerned citizen, the Police arrested seven persons claiming to be INEC officials, while they were allegedly registering persons illegally in a hotel room.
This happened in Elele town of Ikwere local government area of the state.
While confirming the arrest, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature disclosed that investigations were on going.
Speaking with journalists, a member of the community and a politician, Chidi Wihioka, wondered how the arrested persons came to be in possession of electoral materials, without the knowledge of the electoral body, INEC.
However, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Ikiowak, has denied any involvement of INEC in the saga, noting that those persons were not their officials and that the materials found with them could not be from INEC.
The Rivers State Police Command has vowed that it would leave no stone unturned in its fight against crime in the state during the Yuletide.
The Police has also warned politicians to comport themselves properly in their political campaigns.
The State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, stated this at the command’s display of power at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers Police Command had led a team of security forces from the Navy, Army and other agencies in the state in a convoy during an exercise tagged, ‘The Show Of Strength’.
The Police Commissioner briefed officers on guard on the importance of the exercise, and told journalists that although this was a routine operation, the security challenges in the state informed the public display of the readiness of his command to rise up to the occasion.
He then warned politicians not to throw caution in the wind as they engage in massive electioneering towards the 2015 general elections.
He insisted that there would be no sacred cow as the Police go about the discharge of their duties.