"All Police Officers Must Declare Their Assets" – IGP, Idris

The Nigerian inspector general of
Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has
commanded all police officers in the
country must declare their assets.
This, according to him, is necessary in
order to rid the Nigerian Police Force of corruption. “Every police officer
must declare their assets,” he said at
Force Headquarters in Abuja during a
courtesy call on him by members of
Nigerians Unite Against Terror, a civil
rights organisation on Friday, August 5, 2016.
The IGP warned police officers against
violating their code of conduct,
stressing that his administration would
not spare them.
“We are going to be very tough on our police officers who go outside our
code of conduct. When I took over
and told people that I am declaring my
assets, it looked surprising, people
took it as if I was doing something
magical but that is what the law says. You cannot work without declaring
your assets,” Idris said.
“You must declare your assets and as
policemen we are the ones checking
the vices, so we cannot be part of
those that are increasing the vices in the society and I still stand by my
word.
“I have declared my assets even
before and after I became IG of police
because it is a constitutional
requirement. I believe every police officer should do that.
“What kills most Nigerians is lack of
contentment; you will see somebody
amassing wealth that he and even his
grandchildren do not need
throughout their life time. I don’t know what drives people like that. For
me, I believe that with contentment,
you will have peace of mind.”
Idris promised to set up a special
committee comprising the police and
members of the civil society organisations to develop a strategy on
how to improve the image of the
police.
He said, “We need to sit down and set
up a panel; we are going to start a
committee to interface on how to utilise our human resource because it
is very important.
“It is good people hear from the CSOs
who are not policemen. People should
hear from you on how the public now
see the police. “People should give us the
opportunity to prove ourselves; they
will take it more serious from you.”
Idris called on the public to stop
denigrating the police whose duty is
to protect lives and properties. He said when he assumed duty as IGP,
he promised to be guided by two
major principles and police core
values, in line with international best
practices and democratic policing.
“The principles are that the police should be humane, that we should
respect other people; and we should
not look at people’s faces before we
can apply the law. The law covers
everybody, whether you are rich or
poor,” he added.

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