Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has warned Squadron Commanders against dividing their squadrons with ethnicity or favoritism.
Idris, who gave the warning at the passing out of Squadron Commanders, Operation Course Os/2016, at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Forest Camp, Ila Orangun, Osun state, weekend, stated that he observed that ethnicity and favouritism were the order of the day in the police force, especially the Mobile Force Unit.
The Acting Inspector General of Police said, stressed that during his tenure if any complaints of such is received against any commander, it would be treated with uttermost seriousness in order to preserve the unity of the Force.
While warning that severe sanctions would be given to anybody that attempt to segregate the force along religious or ethnic lines, he promised with Police Mobile Force to affectively discharge its duties.
Idris disclosed that part of his strategy to tackle corruption within the force, was the order he gave that all officers from the rank of the Assistant Superintendent of Police declare their assets in line with the demands of service rule.
According to him, the force under him would be decisive in dealing with unauthorized deployment, saying men and officers attached to mobile police force working as personal security guards to individuals and companies must immediately be withdrawn.
His words: “as commanders of the operational arm of the Force, it is of uttermost importance that you display a high sense of professionalism by ensuring that your personnel are appropriately deployed to authorized persons only.
“On this premise, all personnel deployed to unauthorized beats/individuals should be withdrawn immediately.”
He also disclosed that efforts are on top gear to reclaim Police Training School, Gworza, Borno state seized by the insurgents.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, said the emergence of Ibrahim Idris as new police boss was significant because he was the first Nupe man to attain the post.
Aregbesola called for a truly professional Police Force that would tackle the present day security challenges facing the country.
He also urged the leadership of the training school to encourage participants to always engage in agriculture during the period of their training, saying if such practice is well managed, it could provide alternative avenue of getting food items needed by the College.
Earlier in his welcome address, the commandant, PMF, Training School, Ila, ACP Mohammed Dankwara, explained that the 20-day course started on June 3 with 60 participants, adding that 59 Squadron Commanders successfully completed the training.
Dankwara said that during the course of the training participants were exposed to practicals, theory and management courses, as well as weapon handling in a bid to make sure that the officers are in best shape and for them to be able impact the knowledge on their various squadrons.