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Lagos: Police Barred From Operating In Mufti

By Evelyn Usman
Lagos—The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, yesterday, warned that “any policeman who carries out operational duties in mufti will be sanctioned.”
He said this at the 3rd Stakeholders Security Meeting on Security Policing, organised by the Area ‘D’ Command, Mushin, with the theme: ‘Policing the Community by the Community.’
To march action with words, the Command boss disclosed  that the two policemen, who allegedly assaulted a lawyer last week in Ikoyi area of Lagos, would be demoted in ranks, for wearing plain clothes to effect the arrest of the legal practitioner.
He  however, stated that only certain policemen were allowed to wear jackets with the inscriptions of their units on them.
Imohimi said: “Henceforth, no policeman should carry out operational duties in Lagos in mufti without police uniform. The only units allowed to wear jackets with the inscription of his unit on it are the Anti Cultism unit, Anti Kidnapping unit, RAIDER; and the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS.
“Every other policeman on operational duties must be in uniform. They will only be in mufti only if  they are attached to the investigation unit of the command.
“We don’t want any policeman to cause us any embarrassment.”
He also called on Lagosians to join the Command in the fight against unprofessional conduct by policemen by  reporting any policeman in uniform found drinking  beer in the public, on the designated numbers in  the public domain.
He was, however, quick to add that while sanctions would be meted on erring policemen, those who performed well would be given letters of commendation, informing that 30 policemen were already in the commendation list.
The police boss, who  took  a swipe on parents in child training,  decried  the  rate of drugs intake by youths and their  involvement in cultism.
He said: “Cultism  and drug intake have  taken over our children. That is the greatest challenge  confronting us in Lagos.”

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