Area Commanders, DPOs to be liable for errant Police officers
The Nigeria Police high command has issued a stern warning to Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), that henceforth, they would be held liable for the professional misconduct of officers under their charge.
Spokesman of the police, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who gave the warning via his Twitter handle, yesterday, noted that the development was in a bid to reduce extortion, harassment and brutality in the NPF.
According to Adejobi, “In a bid to reduce or possibly put a stop to the extortion, harassment and brutality in the NP, we will henceforth hold DPOs and commanders responsible for the misdeeds of their men.
“In as much as we don’t promote vicarious liability, we have equally noticed that some superiors fail or lack the willingness and/or wherewithal to supervise and manage their men. This leadership gap is not in tune with the leadership styles of the Inspector General of Police and his repositioning drives, thus, counter-productive and condemnable.”
Intelligence reports have it that most rank-and-files are being shielded by their superiors whenever they commit offences against the law.
It was learnt that sometimes, the senior officers are accused of sending the juniors to extort members of the public and those who send SOS petitions to their offices.
Few months ago, an Uber driver, David Solomon Adoyi was in pain after policemen from the Ketu Police Division, Lagos State, caused an accident that chopped his left hand off during an attempt to extort money from him.
It was gathered then that the Ketu Divisional Police Officer and some of his men had been queried by the police authorities and were reporting to the office of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos at the time.