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IGP warns policemen against graft, rights abuses, El Rufai seeks additional 7,000 men


Solomon Arase

Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase

READING the riot act to officers and men of the police force, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, yesterday vowed to deal ruthlessly with any of his men involved in corruption and human rights abuses.

Arase said this at the Kaduna State Police Command headquarters during the inauguration of 107 new security vehicles and 230 bulletproof vests provided by Kaduna State Government to combat crime in the state.

The police helmsman, who urged the Force to imbibe a culture of corruption-free life henceforth, also told officers and men of the command to live above board in the discharge of their duties, maintaining that his administration has zero tolerance for corruption.

Arase commended Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai for donating the patrol vehicles and 230 bulletproof vests to the police and other security agencies in the state.

Speaking before commissioning exercise, IGP Arase said that the decision by Governor El-Rufai to use the state resources to procure such important items showed that he was determined to stamp out crime from the state.

Governor El-Rufai said his administration’s partnership with security agencies in the state had yielded positive result in the last six months by rooting out criminals, particularly cattle rustlers from forests that have boundaries with neighbouring states.

El-Rufai appealed to Inspector General of Police to boost the police force in the State with additional 7,000 policemen, in addition to the current figure of 13,000.

He said Kaduna State was lucky to have the best brain police posted to it over the years, saying, “We thank security agencies for making Kaduna safer in the last six years.

“We need more policemen in Kaduna because we have 13,000 police in the state which is about 5% of the country’s police population. So, we need additional 7,000 policemen. The people in the state must all remain vigilant in order to live in peace and harmony.”

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