Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Hashimu Salihu, on Wednesday warned policemen against bribery and corruption.
Salihu, who addressed officers at the Bayelsa State Police Command Headquarters, Yenagoa, said the authorities would no longer condone corruption.
He said the police would not claim to be fighting corruption while harbouring officers with corrupt tendencies, insisting those indicted for corruption would be shown their way out of the force.
Salihu, who toured police formations in Yenagoa, maintained that policemen must obey the law. He said no officer should hide under the challenges facing the force to extort money from members of the public. Salihu said policemen were expected to be effective by utilising resources at their disposal.
He said, “The current regime cannot tolerate corruption. We cannot continue to fight corruption with corrupt tendencies.” The AIG urged officers to stop demanding “mobilisation fees” from complainants before investigating any case.
He also warned against illegal detention, saying policemen found wanting would be dealth with. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kingsley Omire, said the challenges facing the command included a dearth of manpower.
He said there were less than seven officers in some stations, adding that the population of female were higher than their male counterparts in some stations.
He commended the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, for deploying three gunboats in the state, and Governor Seriake Dickson for enhancing policing in the state through a special police force codenamed, Operation Doo Akpo.