The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, urged Nigerians to assist the police to become better by reporting corruption, bribery and bad conduct in the force.
Arase said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a sensitization workshop on Reporting Corruption in the Police, using the Stop the bribes Platform; a forum created by the IG to instill discipline and professionalism in the force.
Arase, speaking through an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Toye Jolaoye, said not all policemen were corrupt, and added that he is committed to seeing a transformed, disciplined and professional police force in the country.
He appealed to members of the public to avail themselves of the use of smart phones and android phones to report any erring police officer or station or command to the
Stop the bribes Platform for action and said mechanisms have been put in place to ensure confidentiality of information and identity of complainants.
Reacting to this development, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Debo Adeniran lauded the effort of the IG at ridding the Nigeria Police of bad eggs.
Adeniran said, “We must commend the effort of the IG at ridding the Nigeria Police of its bad eggs. This is a right step in right direction, though long overdue but it is better late than never.
It is a known fact that the Nigeria Police is one of the most corrupt institutions in this country. As a matter of fact, the lackluster performance of our police officers has eroded the confidence of majority of Nigerians in their ability to combat crimes.
Some of us are elated by the re-engineering going on in the police force. We appreciate the move for it is a positive one. Maybe if the complete overhaul is done, the force might win the hearts of Nigerians back to its side.”
Speaking further, the human rights activist called for more purging of the force.
“Arase should extend more of this action to every nook and cranny of the force as we have a lot of corrupt officials occupying high offices under his leadership. He should also put measures in place to ensure that the platform is not bastardized along the line and that the whistle blowers do not become the target of the crime offenders.”
SOURCE: Universal Reporters.