Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The newly posted Commissioner of Police to Bauchi State, Haliru Gwandu, has warned officers of the Nigeria Police Force in the State to shun extortion, bribery and corruption in the discharge of their duties.
He gave the warning yesterday during an emergency familiarisation meeting with officers of the Command held at the Police Officers Mess in Bauchi.
He told the officers that the era of zero tolerance has come hence the need for them to shun all corrupt acts warning that anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law.
He said: “this is era is tolerating zero tolerance for corruption as far as the issue of corruption is concerned. Wherever you find yourself, the issue of corruption, bribery and extortion should not be there. If you are apprehended, you are on your own.
“You know we are in a change mantra, a situation whereby we need attitudinal change in doing everything. In fact, Policemen are supposed to lead this corruption crusade.”
He disclosed that a team of corruption crusaders will arrive the state on Thursday for a rally to propagate the gospel of zero tolerance for corruption among the Police urging them to take this aspect of the duty politely.
Gwantu warned the officers to declare their assets accurately to the code of conduct.
“It is very essential you declare your assets. Don’t tell lies because that department is a very relevant and strong department in this dispensation. So declare your assets honestly and with utmost sincerity.
“If you fill lies on your form, you are liable and if you under-declare your assets, you are also liable,” he said.
The CP stated that a lot of the problems in the Police are with the other ranks and files who, he added, don’t take orders from superior officers. He warned Divisional Police Officers to always supervise them.