Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the police against torturing citizens at the slightest provocation or resorting to extra-judicial killings.
He also asked them to prepare adequately for the 2019 polls in order to prevent electoral violence and all forms of malpractices.
The President spoke on Thursday during the convocation and passing out parade of the First Regular Cadet Course at the Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State.
Speaking to the 602 successful personnel, Buhari stated, ”We must abide by the constitutional code of conduct in policing our people.
”The police in their efforts to fight crime must work in partnership with the community. You cannot properly police the people without their consent.”
Buhari also cautioned them against promoting corruption in the force.
He said, ”It is appropriate to warn you as police officers not to see yourselves as being above the Law. You must be above board and resist all temptations. Be contented with your salaries and allowances.
”The government recently increased your general emoluments to make you more efficient and effective in the discharge of your duties.
With this increase in your salaries, you have less reason to fall into temptations of financial or other inducements.
”Let me again reiterate that this administration has zero tolerance for corruption. Corruption is the major reason why the Nigerian economy has not developed at the rate of other comparable countries.
”If we must develop and reap the fruits of our democratic dispensation we must shun corruption at all levels. It is, therefore, your responsibilities and other anti-corruption agencies to kill corruption before corruption overtakes Nigeria.”
Buhari commended the efforts and the sacrifice the police had made in collaborating the military to fight Boko Haram.
”I am aware that you have just deployed over 2,000 police officers, including Special Forces to the North-East to support the efforts of the military.
”The success recorded in the fight against Boko Haram in the North-East cannot be related without mentioning the support you are giving to the military.
The group is no longer occupying any Nigerian territory as it used to before the advent of this administration.
”The recent attacks by the Boko Haram group can be likened to attempts of defeated insurgents to re-organise its ragtag and scattered individuals. This, however, will not be possible as adequate strategic plans have been put in place in conjunction with our neighbouring countries to completely wipe out the group.”
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