Buhari warns police against extra-judicial killings, others
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned the police to desist from acts which tend to bring the community in conflict with them.
Buhari said unprofessional conducts such as illegal detentions, extrajudicial killings, torture and violation of fundamental human rights were unacceptable and must be avoided by the police at all times.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday said President Buhari gave the directive in his address at the convocation and passing out parade of the first regular cadet course at the Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State.
‘’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,’’ he told the 602 graduating cadets.
The president admonished the police officers to shun corruption and resist all temptations that impede the integrity and professionalism of the force.
‘’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 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, ‘’ he said.
While commending the police for the successes they have recorded in the fight against various aspects of crime in the country, President Buhari acknowledged that they had worked closely with the military in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East.