The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has taken swift action in response to allegations of unprofessionalism, high-handedness, and extra-judicial killings leveled against police officers serving at the Zone 13 Command, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and the Anambra State Command.
In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the IGP has set up a Special Investigation Panel under the IGP Monitoring and Mentoring Unit to commence investigations into the weighty allegations.
The allegations were made on social media platforms, and the officers allegedly involved are CSP Patrick Agbazue, officer-in-charge of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Anambra State Command; SP Nwode Nkeiruka, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and Inspector Harrison Akama attached to the RRS.
The officers have been directed to report at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja, for the commencement of investigations to ascertain the veracity of the allegations for further necessary action. The panel has been given a period of two weeks to come up with a report of investigations, News About Nigeria reports.
The Force has also called on members of the public who have had experiences or information on acts of high-handedness, extortion, or extra-judicial killings by the officers in question to forward the same with detailed information via mobile number 08036242591, or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. This is to enable the panel to achieve a holistic investigation.
The Inspector-General of Police has assured that the findings of the investigations will determine the next line of action, and that the Force will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is done in the case and sanctions meted out to any officers found guilty accordingly.
The move by the IGP is a commendable one, and it demonstrates the commitment of the police force to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of citizens. It also sends a strong message that the Force will not tolerate any acts of unprofessionalism or abuse of power by its officers.