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By Frank Oshanugor
A non-governmental organisation, Save Life & Care Foundation (SLCF) has commended the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, for his policing drive which it described as unprecedented.
President of SLCF, Mr. Ihuoma Remy Denis, at a press conference at his office in Apapa, Lagos recently specifically lauded the IGP on how he successfully conducted three states elections without rancour. “Elections are known to be violent in Nigeria, but it is quite surprising the way the present IGP, who led other security agencies, conducted the Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun states gubernatorial elections without rancour.”
“There was no complain and no policeman was sanctioned for any misconduct. The good thing was that the Police Service Commission (PSC), under the able leadership of Alhaji Musiliu Smith,was also in the three states, to monitor the conduct of the police , but the Force under the leadership of Baba, performed creditably well without blemish. This shows that if politicians should give peace a chance and allow the 2023 General Elections to hold, the IGP will perform well and give the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), maximum security so as to conduct free and fair election.”
” In my own way, when someone, especially in the position of service performs well, we should commend the person to encourage and propel him or her to do more. Yet, again, I want to also commend the IGP, for the inauguration of a high-powered Committee to review documents from the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and provide necessary information for the effective functioning of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), in the country.”
The Committee which comprises 21 notable, highly dedicated, and experienced Officers of the Nigeria Police Force drawn based on their professionalism and specialization, was inaugurated at the IGP Conference Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday.
According to Force Public Relations Officer(FPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi,”the Committee, headed by DCP Adegbite Olaolu, would equally provide data on Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter Financing Terrorism (CFT), and Counter Proliferation Finance (CPF) to determine the level of the nation’s implementation of the strategic modalities emplaced to tackle insecurity and financial crimes in tandem with international best practice, and its report to be submitted within one week.
“The decision of the IGP is a right step in the right direction, considering the bad name that Nigeria receives every time from international organizations. The Committee will do fantastically well in the fight against financial crimes.”
In another development, the IGP brought back pride to the battered image of the Force as he does not waste time in disciplining officers who engage in corrupt practices. For instance, he did not waste time in fishing out and dismissing Police Inspector Richard Gele, who was caught in a viral video dignifying and justifying extortion of members of the public and official corruption.
In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi,” the Inspector, with AP/No. 188547, who until his dismissal, was attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State, and deployed to the Itobe – Anyigba Road, for safety of road users and commuters, along the route, where the incident occurred.
“The dismissed Inspector who hails from Benue State, was enlisted into the Force in September, 2000. His dismissal came after subjection to internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him in line with extant laws governing the conduct of police personnel. He, therefore, ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force, with immediate effect. The officer has been de-kitted and handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, for further necessary action.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while expressing the staunch commitment of his administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation, warned all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts. The IGP urged them to display exemplary courage and patriotism in the discharge of their duties”.
According to President ,Save Life &Care Foundation, Denis, the IGP has changed the narratives and the doubt from the public whether the police was still a disciplinary organization or not, members of the public now know that the present IGP, does not habour indiscipline . His policing drive is really unprecedented”.