The Acting IGP, Usman Alkali, has ordered the immediate reform of the Inspector General of police Monitoring Unit.
Mr Alkali gave the order on Thursday in Abuja during the inaugural conference with Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police and other heads of police formations in the country.
Alkali gave the order at his maiden meeting with police commissioners and senior officers on Thursday April 15. He further stated that the ban became necessary to enable him reorganize and return the force to basics in policing.He said the move became necessary due to the rise in complaints of harassment and bullying by Nigerians.
Speaking at his inaugural conference with strategic commanders of the Nigerian Police Force, including commissioners from the 36 states of the federation and FCT as well as Zonal AIGs, the IGP said the IGP monitoring unit as a whole would be re-organized.
The Acting IGP further noted that the unit will now be investigating complaints that may be alleged against any serving officer as referred to them by his office.
“As a continuation of the re-organisation of our force as well as our commitment to return to the basics of policing, I have directed the immediate reform of the IGP Monitoring Unit.
“This involves the disbandment of the satellite offices of the Unit in Lagos and Port Harcourt, the streamlining of the personnel profile of the Unit at the Force Headquarters to not more than fifty (50) operatives, and the banning of the Unit from undertaking criminal investigations including taking over cases from State Commands.
“The Unit will, however, only operate within their original mandate which is to investigate complaints that may be alleged against any serving officer as referred to them by my Office,” he said.
The Ag IGP, according to a statement by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, assured that in the shortest possible time, the new policing vision and operational strategies would return Nigeria to the path of ‘public safety, security and peace.’
He also assured that the police under his leadership will uphold the rights of Nigerians and work within professional standards.