COVID-19: IG warns officers against minor offenders’ arrests

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has told men of the force to desist from arresting minor offenders in the wake of the ravaging coronavirus.

Adamu had earlier directed the release of suspects in detention for offences that are not grievous across the country.

The latest measure to curtail the spread of pandemic was contained in a statement the Force spokesman, Frank Mba released.

It reads in part: “The IGP, while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.

“He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

“The IGP further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

“The IGP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimise official visits, except where absolutely necessary.”

“Also, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that all tertiary institutions be shut, the IGP has ordered the immediate closure of the Nigeria Police Academy as well as all Police Primary and Secondary Schools nationwide.

“The Force Medical Services has been empowered and directed to step up sensitisation programmes across Commands, Formations and Barracks in the country.”

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