Officers and Men of the Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have been advised to conduct themselves in line with professional code and ethics as well as within the provisions of the nation’s constitution.
The new Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 6, Mr. Usman Tilli Abubakar gave the advice during his maiden visit to the command in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
Abubakar, who supervises four States comprising Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers States within the zone, said “it is part of my mission and vision to visit the command and lecture the men to behave well and perform their duty according to the police act”.
According to the AIG, “many things have been happening for the good in the Nigeria Police Force. Recently the Inspector General promoted several policemen, which is a sort of motivation and they were happy to receive their promotion”.
“That is why I told them ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’. So ,it is only fair that they reciprocate that gesture by doing their best to protect lives and property”, remarked the AIG.
Abubakar further advised policemen to maintain high level discipline which, adhere to stipulated dress code and exercise care in the use of fire arms.
He averred that some were negligent, warning that the Nigeria Police Force would not tolerate any form of indiscipline and disrespect for authority.
“Every police officer should read order 237, which deals with the use of firearms. It is important to state that misuse of firearms in whatever form will not be tolerated and every such act will be punished. Discipline is the power of the police and it is what binds us together”, he said.
The AIG also urged the men to shun corruption as it was damaging to the image of the force and country.
He promised to tackle welfare of officers and men as well as build on the achievements of his predecessor.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa enumerated some challenges confronting the command to include lack of patrol vehicles, inadequate barracks for policemen and inadequate manpower.
Inuwa stated that despite the challenges, the Command was working to ensure that Cross River remains the State with the lowest crime rate in the country and boost its cultural tourism drive as Nigeria’s most preferred tourists’ destination.