The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, on Monday, reiterated that the era of bribery, corruption and harassment of citizens by police personnel was over.
Abubakar made the remark at a reception organised for him by the police in Abuja shortly after being conferred with the national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the police were prepared and determined to perform but deserved to be well equipped to enable them deliver.
The IG attributed the modest success recorded by the force so far to the commitment of officers and men of the force.
Abubakar thanked the President for the award and pledged to provide the needed leadership for the police to deliver on their mandate.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd.), urged the IG to provide the right leadership to steer the ship of the police to greater height.
Olubolade commended the changes taking place in the police, and added, “We want to see greater changes.’’
Senate President David Mark urged the police to do more, adding, “If the police perform well, democracy will succeed.’’
Mark congratulated the IG and noted that he was appointed to the position at a difficult time.
He said Abubakar should see the honour as a recognition of his performance so far and to spur him to do more.
The chairmen of the National Assembly Committees on Police, Mr. Umar Kumo, and Senator Paulinus Igwe and other stakeholders at the reception, called for the continuation of the ongoing reform in the police.