By: Adetokunbo Fakeye
Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed .A. Adamu, has warned all police formations against unnecessary arrests and detention.
The IGP, who made this warning in a statement issued today by the Force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, also directs all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police nationwide to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.
While urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.
The police boss reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.
IGP Adamu further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody.
He enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary.
The IGP has also ordered Command CPs to immediately publicize phone numbers of their Command Control Rooms, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Tactical Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police.
Also, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide.
The Force Medical Services, according to DCP Mba has been empowered and directed to step up sensitization programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country.