23 July 2012

Nigeria: Security - IG Releases New e-Mail Address

As part of efforts by the Police Management Team to promote access to justice, transparency and accountability in matters relating to policing and general crime fighting, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has approved the release of a new e-mail address that will enable members of the public communicate directly with his office.

The new e-mail address, according to a release signed by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, Chief Superintendent of Police, is: policemonitor@npf.gov.ng. The use of this e-mail address, the IG advised, should be when providing information on the activities of criminal groups, terror gangs or other forms of organised crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping, human trafficking, advanced fee fraud, arms trafficking, etc.

Abubakar also encouraged Nigerians to use the address when reporting cases of breach of public peace or imminent breach of public peace, when providing information relating to ongoing criminal investigations by the police and other law enforcement agencies, and when reporting the conduct of police personnel or the conduct of personnel of other law enforcement agents involved in corrupt and other forms of unlawful acts.

The police boss further advised that the address should be used when commending members of the Force for acts of gallantry or other forms of exemplary or exceptional conduct displayed in the course of their duties, when reporting cases or incidents of electoral offences or other matters related thereto, and when advising or commenting on matters relating to national security, especially when such matters have direct bearing with the activities of the Nigeria Police.

The IG appealled to potential users of the e-mail to ensure the integrity of their information and make conscious efforts to avoid providing false, malicious or deliberately misleading information to the Force.

He said users should be guided by the higher virtue of patriotism, selflessness and ultimate service to the community, taking steps to ensure that they act in good faith at all times.

He warned that established cases of deliberate falsehood or intentional misrepresentation of facts may attract reprimand and in extreme cases, outright prosecution in courts of law.

The IG said the effective use of the new email address will help in checkmating excesses of law enforcement personnel, encourage free flow of information between the public and police managers, and ultimately promote efficiency and better service delivery.

He solicited the cooperation and the understanding of the general public, urging them to take advantage of the new communication channel in exposing the ills of the society and partnering with the Police to tackle them.

He assured all users of the e-mail that information provided through the medium will be treated with almost confidentially and the anonymity of their providers respected.

Once again, the IG reminded the public of the willingness of the Force to collaborate with all positive-minded citizens in the fight against crime and criminality.

It is his assurance that the Police Force, under his leadership will stop at nothing in preserving the sanctity of the rule of law and providing adequate security to life and property of all Nigerians.

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