Vanguard (Lagos)

14 April 2012

Nigeria: IG Co-Opts Retired Police Officers to Assist in Fighting Corruption, Indiscipline

THE Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has urged retired police officers in the country to assist the force in fighting indiscipline and corruption in the force.

The Edo state Police Commissioner, Mr Olayinka Balogun, who addressed retired police officers in Benin City yesterday, stated that the IG in his determination to wipe out indiscipline and curtail corruption among the rank and file, has resolved to tap into the wealth of experience of retired senior police officers.

According to him, "the IG as you know is determined to tackle the issue of indiscipline and corruption both within and outside of the force.

"The IG has promised to tackle the twin issue; he has ordered road blocks to be dismantled, he has ordered that no one be detained for more than 24 hours, and that is why I am calling on you people because as elders, you know so much and have much to offer in the fight against the problem" he stated.

While urging the retired police officers to partner with the force in fighting crime in Edo state, he asked them to assist the police with information from their wealth of experience.

He said, "With the experience you have, I want you to call us to order, because you are able to speak without fear or favour. I want you to be our fort of information within this Command".

The CP later excused journalists from the venue of the meeting, for what could be a closed door meeting to discuss more practical ways through which the retired senior police officers can assist the Force.

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