The Inspector-General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu has confirmed the arrest of some police officers for human rights abuse.
He disclosed this when the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare paid him a courtesy visit on Monday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The IGP however did not disclose the identity of the officers and other details about the officers.
But, he assured that police Force under his watch will see through the ongoing reforms in Nigeria police as it concerns the activities of the Federal Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Special Tactical Units of the Force.
On Sunday, the Inspector-General of police, banned Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad, and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties across the Country.
The move was however greeted with mixed reactions among Nigerians. While some considered the move as a face-saving measures aimed at redeeming the negative public perception of the Force by members of the public while others including the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who welcome the initiative and described the feat as timely.
Addressing his guest at the Force Headquarters, the police boss, stated that officers were found to be unruly and unprofessional in their dealings with the Citizens, particularly the youth.
According to him, “The officers who have been found to be unruly and unprofessional in their dealings with the Citizens, particularly the youth, have been arrested and are already facing disciplinary actions”.
He also called on the Citizens to exercise patience as the reforms in FSARS are still in progress, noting that all the already announced measures aimed at checkmating a future occurrence of extra-judicial activities by some personnel of FSARS and other Tactical Units of the Force will be followed to the latter.
On his part, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare called for regular town hall meetings at various State Commands which will involve the Police Spokespersons, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and other critical Stakeholders to strengthen the synergy between the police and the Citizens, especially the youth.
While commending the police Chief for his prompt response in tackling the issues of human rights abuse in the Force, sued for stronger collaboration and mutual understanding between the Police and the youth.
Responding to the suggestion by the Minister, Mr. Adamu Mohammed, agreed with the Minister on the necessity for Town Hall meetings, a practice which he identified as a feature of Community policing.
He reaffirmed the readiness of the Police, under his watch, to work with relevant Stakeholders towards enhancing respect for the rights of the Citizens and better bonding between the Police and the Community at all times.