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IGP decries extra-judicial killings, says ‘enough is enough’

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Godsgift Onyedinefu 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has expressed worry over the recurring incidence of unprofessional handling and misuse of firearms. He also condemned other misconducts by some Policemen which have resulted in the injury and death of some, unarmed innocent citizens, especially in Lagos State Command.

Adamu in a statement by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, the Police boss decried the extra-judicial killings  while addressing over 1000 Officers and Men of the Command at the Police College, Ikeja.

The IGP said “enough is enough”, when he paid an official visit to Lagos State on Monday to primarily condole the family, friends and well-wishers of the victims and secondly to address officers and men of the Command.

Adamu stated that the Nigeria Police Force, as a disciplined, transparent, responsible, responsive and accountable institution will never condone any form of abuse of power, overzealousness and sundry unprofessional conducts. 

He reiterated that such anomalies, aside negating the professional calling of the Police, are unacceptable as they create distrust and disdain between the citizens and the Force, thereby widening the trust gap between the two.

The Police boss assured the public that the Force has immediately embarked on administrative actions and policies directed towards giving a new orientation to the personnel especially on human rights and international best practices. 

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While noting that there will be personnel re-organisation in Lagos State, the IGP has also directed nationwide training and capacity development programmes on weapons handling and laws and policies regulating the use of force. 

The IGP, earlier in a private meeting with the family of the victims, Ada Ifeanyi and Emmanuel Akomafuwa, commiserated with them and assured them that justice will not only be done but will be manifestly seen to have been done in getting justice for the deceased and the injured. 

Responding, the spokesperson of the family of the deceased, Barr. Obuesi Philips, appreciated the IGP for his timely response and appealed to him to ensure that he walks his talk.

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