Friday, 21 April 2017

Corruption: Blow whistle on Police – IG urges Nigerians

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has asked Nigerians to expose any trace of corruption and misconduct amongst officers and men of the Force.The Police Chief also assured that any police officer found wanting would be punished, adding that public assessment of the Personnel of the Force was necessary.
Members of the public are expected to report any police officer by using the various social media platforms set up for the purpose.
Idris said this on Thursday in Abuja during the inauguration of the partnership project between the police and Akin Fadeyi Foundation on an anti-corruption initiative titled, “Corruption, Not in my Country.”
The IG who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, said he had instituted various  programmes to make the police more accountable, responsible and reliable.
He said: “Nigerians should blow the whistle on police corruption through the various platforms we have set up on WhatsApp, Instagram, email and GSM telephone numbers.
“Please do the whistle-blowing and see what action the police would take, we will do the right thing and ensure justice.”
As part of moves to totally rid the Force of corruption, he also disclosed that his administration has so far promoted over 33,000 personnel from various ranks.
He said the promotion has boosted the morale of those affected adding that it has made them discharge their duties professionally.
According to him: “Since the inception of this administration, 4,410 senior officers and 28,627 Inspectors and Rank and File have been promoted. In all, 33,037 have been elevated to their next ranks.”
He added that additional list of those yet to be promoted will be considered soon.
Also speaking, the Director of the foundation, Akin Fadeyi said he was motivated to initiate the anti-corruption advocacy to engender an efficient police force that is public friendly, reliable and responsible.
“The police have had tainted image as an institution  for such a long time and we feel it’s time to change the narrative”.
Fadeyi also called for a change of attitude among policemen and Nigerians.

( The Nation)

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