Mr. Solomon Arase, Inspector-General of Police, has warned that police operatives who engage in extra-judicial killings of the people they suppose to protect would be severely punished.
Mr. Arase gave the warning when he visited the Delta State Police Command, Asaba, on Wednesday.
He said that serious punishment awaits any police personnel found guilty of reckless use of arms, especially against armless civilians.
“Arms are given to the police to protect lives and property and not to kill people indiscriminately. I hate extra judicial killings and I will not subscribe to it.
“If any policeman is found wanting in that regard, he will face the music appropriately because extra-judicial killings have given rooms to litigations.
“I will not support any policeman involved in the act. I will prosecute the policeman and try him,” he warned.
Arase said that the major problem confronting the police in Nigeria today is insurgency, adding that the police must find new techniques to conquer the challenge.
He tasked the command to devise ways of organising regular town hall meetings with major stakeholders such as members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, market women and civil society organisations, to enhance strategies that would keep crime at bay in the state.