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IGP Warns Police Personnel Against Extortion, Others

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba Alkali, has warned police personnel against extortion and other acts of indiscipline.

The IGP noted that any police extorting people on the road is no different from an armed robber.

Baba Alkali gave the warning while addressing policemen on Wednesday at Police Headquarters in Gombe State.

He said discipline and professionalism were the bedrock of policing, hence the service would not condone any act of corruption and indiscipline.

The IGP, therefore, told the police personnel to live up to expectations or lose their jobs.

Baba Alkali described extortion as a criminal offence, adding that “it’s serious and next to armed robbery, and such acts have no place in the police.”

The IGP said he dismissed three policemen in the last three weeks for irresponsible behaviours.

“Any policeman holding a gun and extorting people on the road is no different from an armed robber and we cannot be having glorified armed robbers,” he warned.

The IGP, however, commended police personnel who are working hard to ensure security in the state and the country as a whole.

He urged them to strengthen inter-agency cooperation, including collaboration with traditional and community leaders, to enhance security and peace across the country.

The IGP directed the Gombe State Command to ensure the training and re-training of all personnel to keep them professionally fit to serve the nation better.

The IGP was in Gombe state for a three-day Security and Peace Summit convened by the State Government to improve security in the state.

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