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SARS Killings: No More Use Of Gun During Operations – Police IG

The Nigerian Police says its males will not be allowed to hold firearms throughout operations.


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Instead, officers of the Police Force will now make use of electro-muscular disruption expertise referred to as teaser rather than firearms.

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The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammad Adamu disclosed this whereas addressing women and men of the Nigerian Police Force on the Police College parade floor, Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.

Adamu mentioned the usage of the teaser in any other case referred to as rubber bullet will likely be utilized by the routine patrols, arrest duties and different low-risk operations “as strategic approach towards reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misappropriation of lethal weapons by the Police as first line of response to any threat.”

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He was reacting to the spate of additional judicial killings by some policemen in current weeks.

IGBERE TV recollects {that a} 20-year-old Ms. Joy Ifeanyi was shot dead by males of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) on Saturday in Lagos. This comes lower than two weeks after 36-year-old Kolade Johnson was murdered in chilly blood by SARS operatives at a soccer viewing centre in Lagos.

According to the IGP, between January to April, 2019 “Lagos State has recorded four incidents of misuse of firearms which have resulted in extrajudicial killings of young citizens of this country and injury to others.”

“Its extra worrisome that two of those incidents occurred throughout the final two weeks. Aside negating our skilled calling, extrajudicial acts of any description or stage by any police personnel is an unacceptable anomaly that creates mistrust and disdain between the residents and the police and widens the belief hole between them.

“In perfecting these initiatives, we will be participating with Human Rights Bodies, International Agencies Development companions and Civil Society Organisations.

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“This is with a view to evolving a united front towards addressing these challenges on a sustainable basis and within the context of best international practices.”

Adamu additional said the Force will not tolerate the mindless killings carried out by a few of its officers across the nation.

“I have to emphasise that sufficient is sufficient. The nation and certainly the Police below the present management can not tolerate abuses related to the Police both in Lagos or another a part of the nation.

“I have already ordered that a signal be circulated to all Police Commands and Formations warning of dire consequences against any personnel that by their incorrigible acts deviates from accepted Police culture and values.”

While warning the officers, Adamu added: “The alternative now’s for every officer to both resolve to carry out his or her duties inside extant guidelines, legal guidelines and insurance policies or be ready to be proven the way in which out of the system.

“Our go to to Lagos can also be designed to condone with the households of the victims of the current incidents of misuse of firearms or different types of abuse of energy by recognized police personnel within the State and to share of their grief.

“It is also to reassure citizens that as an institution, the Nigeria Police will not condone any form of abuse of power, acts resulting in misuse of firearms, overzealous and sundry unprofessional conducts by members of the police regardless of his rank and position.”

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