by on May 29, 2019
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The acting Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu Monday said the police would ban the use of firearms during patrols to stem incessant shootings of Nigerians by operatives.

Adamu stated this during a visit in Lagos where he also warned that any cop who engages in indiscriminate use of firearms would be dismissed, charged with murder and his supervisor, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and Area Commander sanctioned for not executing their supervisory roles.

According to the police chief, the service would introduce the use of technologies and weapon systems such as electro-muscular disruption technology which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for routine patrols.

He said: In the long term, rather than the use of firearms, we shall henceforth use technologies and weapon systems such as electro-muscular disruption technology which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for routine patrols as a strategic approach towards reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misapplication of lethal weapons by the police.

In perfecting these initiatives, we shall be engaging with human rights bodies, international agencies, development partners and civil society organisations.

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Sounding a note of warning to his officers and men at the Police College in Ikeja, Adamu said he specifically visited to make some clear statements.

I am sounding this note of warning, loud and clear that any police personnel that insists on being incorrigible by engaging in abuse of his or her powers or misuse of his weapon with fatal outcomes and in utter disregard to statutory provisions will be arrested, investigated through our internal disciplinary machinery, and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service.

In addition, such personnel will be charged to court for murder or sundry offences depending on his or her level of criminal liability in the instance. Furthermore, the line supervisors of such officer including the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officer or Sectional Head shall be held vicariously liable for lacking supervision and shall be similarly sanctioned, he said.

Adamu confirmed an earlier report by The Nation on posting of cops who had spent over four years in Lagos and other commands, stating that the action would give a new orientation to all police personnel as well as rejig the commands.

This may involve personnel re-organisation. There will be nationwide tailor-made training and capacity development programmes that are directed at orientating personnel to human rights and professional conduct, he said.

Earlier, Police Commissioner Zubairu Muazu expressed displeasure at his mens misconduct which has prompted his boss to visit the state.

The Lagos State Police Command would have loved to welcome the IG on a better note than the one that brought him. It is sad and unfortunate that the IG is visiting Lagos due to the continuous misdemeanor of some policemen in Lagos.

However, Lagos State Police Command is blessed with hardworking officers, working day in and out to make sure crime is reduced to the barest minimum, he said.

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