By Nkerumwen Cosmas
Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris was beside himself with anger yesterday in Lagos when he berated some of his men for taking photographs with IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, and warned that authorities will not take the action with levity.
Idris who is on a two-day visit was addressing officers at the Police College ground in Ikeja, Lagos, said any policemen found doing so would be severely dealt with.
He said: “We will not take it with levity. There should be no double loyalty to Nigeria. No matter your rank, your commitment to the country should be absolute.
“Nationalism is key. Some officers were taking pictures with Nnamdi Kanu and this is someone that is challenging the unity of this country.
“We are changing the face of policing in Nigeria, policemen that are people-oriented with the satisfaction of the citizens as the primary focus.
“As policemen, you must be committed to unity, leadership and authority of government of this country. No double standards are allowed.” he added.
The IG stressed his zero tolerance for corruption and warned the police personnel who collect money for bail to stop forthwith
“Bail is free. If you collect money for bail, you will pay the price and we will kick you out of the force. Your duty is to provide services for the protection of lives and properties of the citizens.” he said.
He also said his men should learn to respect the fundamental human rights of the citizenry, as well as their right to free speech and movement.
“Section four of the Nigeria Police Act gives you the police officer the right to arrest anyone that constitutes offence, irrespective of your rank.
“Despite the rank, a constable can arrest a minister or anyone that contravenes the law of the nation but you must use that right judiciously.” he said.