The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu has come out to say that a total moral re-orientation of the police is compulsory if they want to gain the trust of Nigerians.
Represented by Peter Ogunyanwo, the DIG in-charge of Research and Planning, he said this during his official visit to the Oyo State Police Command, Ibadan.
According to him, the force needs discussions on morals since several officers lacked the required moral values.
His words, “We must be able to deliver quality service because it would determine the perspective of the public to the police.
“We must be on the side of the good because government employed us to enforce law and prevent crime.
“You must have the fear of God in everything you do. If the CP (commissioner of police) is not seeing you, remember that God is watching you. You must follow the rules of law at all times.
“They call us public servants; we must not turn ourselves to masters on the road; respect anyone you see in mufty on the road.
“The intention of most police officers on the road is to collect money but always remember that everything is not money.”
Can our police improve?
Mohammed Abubakar Adamu is the Nigerian Inspector General of Police. He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on 15 January 2019, replacing Ibrahim Kpotun Idris (rtd) of Niger State. Mohammed Adamu hails from Lafia, in Nasarawa State.
Before his appointment as Inspector General of Police, he was an Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Benin City, Edo State and was responsible for the overall management and operations of the NPF Zone 5, comprising Bayelsa, Delta and Edo State police commands.
He was born on 17 September 1961 and enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1986, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Geography. He also holds a master’s degree in International Criminal Justice System from the University of Portsmouth, England.
Between 1983 and 1984, Adamu had his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Wamba, Nasarawa State and taught Geography at Government Teachers College, Wamba, Plateau State, during the one-year service, then in 1984 — 1986, he was appointed as Geography tutor and later promoted to Vice Principal at Government Day Secondary School, Gunduma, Keffi, Plateau State, but presently in Nasarawa State.
Amongst others, he was awarded as 2015 Best Commissioner of Police in community policing in Nigeria.