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IG dissolves surveillance units in Lagos, Port Harcourt

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The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Usman Baba, ordered the immediate disbandment of the IG surveillance units in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

Baba gave the order Thursday in Abuja for the opening of a conference of strategic police commanders, made up of officers of the rank of police commissioner (PC) and above.

The IG also ordered the streamlining of the staff profile of the IG Surveillance Unit at the Force Headquarters to no more than 50 members.

The police chief announced the ban on the unit from undertaking criminal investigations, including taking over the affairs of state police commands.

According to him, under the current exemption, the unit will only function within the framework of its original mandate, to investigate complaints of professional offenses against officers on duty.

Baba said the directives were in line with plans to reorganize the force and its commitment to return to the basics of policing.

He said repositioning initiatives were being developed compared to other ad hoc investigative units of the Force.

The police chief said the idea was to restore professionalism, to address citizens’ concerns about rights violations resulting from the existence and functioning of ad hoc investigative units.

Baba said it was also to discourage duplication of policing functions which encourages indiscipline and abuse of the policing process.

He said the conference was called to interact with the officers and define its mission statement and organizational vision.

The police chief said it was also to assess the current internal security situation across the country, review strategies and put in place sets of strategic actions to restore order. and public confidence.

“I must stress once again that the main task that awaits us is to tackle as soon as possible the trafficking in secessionism, banditry, kidnappings, armed robberies and various violent crimes.

“I appreciate the sacrifices most of you have made and the successes you have had in the war on crime and the secessionist agenda.

“I also recognize the challenges associated with your duties, but the reality is that other grounds must be covered if we are to restore public confidence,” he said. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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