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Enugu Police warns officers against brutality, others

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THE Enugu State Command of Nigeria Police Force has warned its officers and men against unprofessional conducts such as extortion, brutality and other conducts that will jeopardise its resolve to enforce the state government’s restriction orders to curb the spread of the COVID -19 pandemic.

  The warning came sequel to a review of the level of compliance and enforcement by the Police of the restriction orders imposed by the Enugu State Government.

  The the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman said that he wished not only to reaffirm the command’s commitment to continue enforcing the orders to the letter, but to also ensure that Officers exercise utmost professionalism, devoid of all forms of incivility, brutality, extortion and other acts of misconduct in the course of the enforcement.

  Consequently, CP Abdurrahman warned all officers in the command to always exhibit a high sense of professionalism and avoid the arbitrary use of their discretional powers while enforcing the orders.

  He noted that henceforth, any report of incivility, brutality, extortion and other acts of official misconduct against any erring officer, will attract severe sanctions.

  To this end, the Police Commissioner warned and directed all Area Commanders, DPOs and Heads of Tactical/Operational Departments of the command to ensure maximum control and supervision of officers and men under them, as they will be held vicariously liable for any lapses recorded in their areas of responsibility.

  Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police boss, while acknowledging the adverse socio-economic impact of the restriction orders on mankind globally, pleaded with citizens of the state to remain law-abiding and compliant with the restriction orders, as it has been adjudged one of the best ways of staying safe, healthy and to avoid infecting or being infected with the deadly virus.

  He further implored them to remain vigilante and avoid falling prey to criminals, especially fraudsters who are using the internet and social media platforms to defraud unsuspecting citizens of their hard-earned monies and other valuables in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Accordingly, the good citizens of the state have been called upon to promptly report suspected criminals and acts of criminality in their localities to the nearest police station or by calling the command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.

  Press Release to the effect was signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe.

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