IGP bans use of unapproved uniforms, T-shirts on routine operations

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.IGP Alkali Baba

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has expressed dismay at the flagrant violation of the approved Nigeria Police Force dress-code by some of its officers on routine operations.

A statement by the Ag. Force Public Relations,  Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi released on behalf of the IGP on the issue indicated that those concerned are officers on patrol and guard, stop and search, and other routine police operations; who have formed the habit of wearing T-shirts and fezcaps with inscription s such as “Special Forces”, “Commando”, “Gallant MOPOL”, “SCORPION”, and other inscriptions while on duty.

He said the police high command has ordered an immediate ban on such unapproved apparels.

The IGP has described as unacceptable, the use of unapproved apparels noting that uniforms, which is a means of identification, has been abused by these officers who engage in improper dressing.

He equally decries the fear this unwholesome practice creates in the minds of innocent Nigerians.

The IGP therefore ordered that henceforth, all police officers detailed for patrol, stop and search, check point, and other routine operational duties must be in approved uniforms for easy identification.

Consequently, the IGP has ordered that all Police disciplinary units particularly the Force Provost Marshal, the IGP X-Squad and Monitoring Unit to ensure the strict enforcement of the directive with severe sanctions for erring officers.

The IGP has equally warned that all supervisory officers would be held vicariously liable in the event that personnel under their command violate this order.

The Inspector-General of Police has assured well-meaning members of the public that the Force leadership “is committed to promoting strategic police reforms geared at sanitizing operational engagements, and bequeathing to the nation a professional policing system as required.”

 

 

 

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