Against the backdrop of increasing extrajudicial killings by few policemen in the country, the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohamed Abubakar Adamu on Thursday said the Police was ready to tackle the menace with a view to ensuring the security and safety of the citizenry.
He said parts of the measures being put in place to tackle extrajudicial killings by policemen is the migration from total dependence on lethal weaponry.
Adamu made these disclosures at the inauguration of Zonal Security Stakeholders Forum held at Zone XI Command Headquarters, Osogbo. Osun State.
Represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu, the IG identified misuse of firearms as a major factor fuelling conflict and distrust between the citizens, adding that instead of lethal weaponry police was mulling the use of less lethal weaponry such as Taste or Stun Guns during routine patrols, arrest duties and civil disorder management.
Adamu contended that in a bid to reduce the stress that is associated with misuse of firearms and extra-judicial actions by police, he had earlier in the day ordered that with immediate effect, the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system should be reverted to the traditional 8-hour, 3-shifts shift standard.
He, however, explained that the Zonal Security Stakeholders’ Forum was being inaugurated as a community policing concept aimed at galvanising the people of Osun, Ondo and Oyo states towards identifying and partnering to address peculiar security challenges in the three states.
In his welcome address, the AIG, Zone X1, Adeleye Oyegbade underscored the need for collaborative efforts towards combating crime, saying security is the business of everybody.
He lauded the contribution of governors of Ondo, Oyo and Osun States including some prominent citizens of the three states for their support to the police morally, materially and financially towards combating crime in the zone.
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