The Inspector General of Police Mr. Solomon Arase has directed all police commissioners in states and the various Divisional Police Officers under them to ensure high level of hygiene and sanitary conditions in their stations and in the detention cells.
The directive which followed a contribution from a guest during a strategic stakeholders’ forum organized by the IGP as part of his tour of the Cross River State commend.
The IGP accepted that there was need to address the stench that is usually associated with police stations and cells noting that Police Commissioners in states and particularly the DPOs in the down line should ensure there was a change of situation,
According to him, if the head of a command is clean and hygiene conscious, he or she does not need to wait for the IGP’s directive to remove the stench from the police station,
He directed that it was expedient however for all police stations and detention cells to be kept clean and free of stench.
He restated his commitment to achieving a desirable reform of the police force in various ways including welfare of serving and retired officers of the force.
Arase explained that he was in the state to share his vision with police officers as well as partner with major stakeholders in order to achieve the objectives of modern policing which he argued “cannot be achieved except you are able to connect with the communities.”
He said although the Nigeria Police Force is on the Exclusive list, however, the federal government cannot handle all issues pertaining to security alone. “We still have to bend over backward to seek the assistance of the various states governors in ensuring that we get logistics and other motivations in place.”
The IGP disclosed that the introduction of social housing as a deliberate reform was aimed at boosting the wellbeing of police Inspectors and other ranks and files, even as he solicited a parcel of land from the state government to replicate the gesture in the state.
“If a person does not have a house to move into after 35 years of service or at the attainment of 60 years, which ever that comes first, it creates a lot of psychological effect and he will engages in unprofessional conduct, so I have started building houses and the first set of 400 houses were delivered last week,” IGP said.
He said that this will help provide them with adequate education while positioning their parents in a good frame of mind to work hard.
Arase who encouraged police Commissioners, Area Commanders and Divisional police officers to embrace the strategic stakeholders meeting for effective community policing, also announced his resolve to open up social network for the public to report police conduct within their domain.
His words: ” we have come to serve and to serve you better, we do not have anything to hide, we were civilians before we joined the police force and we must do things that are in line with international best practices. “