Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday met with all command Commissioners of Police and zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in Abuja to strategise against violent crimes, extra-judicial killings by policemen and corruption in the force.
He warned the CPs against complacency in the fight against armed robbery, kidnapping, and extra-judicial killings by police personnel, adding that any senior officer found wanting would be sanctioned.
Abubakar said though crime has reduced in the states, he challenged the CPs to redouble their efforts to ensure that crime is reduced further during the Yuletide season, adding that the goal of the strategy conference was to ensure a safer nation.
He said further that the force is concerned over the continued terrorist activities in Yobe, Borno, Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba and other states, adding that strategies to tame the violence in these states would be worked out.
The IG stated that the terror acts in North-west and North-eastern states would be tackled, adding that the police have many suspects in custody awaiting trial, but could not arraign them because it was waiting for the amended anti-terrorism law to be amended.
Abubakar said: “We must tackle violent crimes, extra-judicial killings and corruption among officers. Some CPs are not doing enough to tackle bribery and corruption among officers and if any CP fails to do so, it is assumed that he is not interested in fighting crime and criminality and such a person will be sanctioned.”