The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 6 Command, Abubakar Marafa has reaffirmed earlier warning to police officers across the country to desist from road block.
The policy on road block, according to the AIG has not changed, therefore any officer found guilty of this practice, which he said violates fundamental human rights, would be severely dealt with.
The AIG who said this yesterday in Uyo when he visited the state police command, cautioned policemen against violation of human rights while carrying out their duties to avoid conflict between the police and members of the public.
He noted that if the police officers respect human rights, the development would aid them to perform their duties better as members of the public would give them maximum cooperation.
“Road block has been banned; respect the fundamental human rights of Nigerians. We’ve received series of reports about this. Respect the right of Nigerians: this will trigger cooperation between the police and the society.
“As a policeman or officer, you must be civil to the members of public. Incivility occurs when addressing members of the public, like ‘you bloody civilians.’
Remember you were a civilian before you became a policeman. You have to prove to the people that the police are their friends,” he said.
Marafa who commended men and officers of the command for their unrelenting efforts in maintaining adequate security in the state, described Akwa Ibom as one of the least crime states.
He however advised officers against misuse of firearms, stressing that rifles should only be used by officers when under attack.
“I want you to keep up the spirit of maintaining peace and security in the state because Akwa Ibom is one of the states with low crime rate.
“Police officers are not allowed to use their firearms as they desire unless when under attack. ?Do not play with arms. Do not use arms unnecessarily.”
The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State command, Murtala Mani, asked the AIG to deploy more man personnel into the state.
He added that the main aim of the command is to ensure adequate security in the state.
He noted that the state police command has been able to outsmart criminals in Akwa Ibom where oil exploration has posed challenges to security the outfit.
?Addressing the AIG during a courtesy call to on him at the government house, Governor Udom Emmanuel appealed to authorities of the Nigeria Police Force to checkmate the frequent movement of their personnel from one duty post to another to enable them familiarise with the terrain and combat crimes effectively.
The Governor who commended the state Police Command for being alive to it responsibilities said “proper policing would be achieved if the officers are allowed to integrate within a specific time frame before posting could be considered”.
He suggested that officers serving in their states of origin should not be left to stay too long in their states to avoid compromise in carrying out their duties.
He commended Marafa for taking time out of his schedule to tour states in his zone to ascertain their welfare and pointed out that the motivational approach evolved by the AIG will go a long way to ginger more productivity in the force.
Governor Emmanuel acknowledged that Akwa Ibom is one of the most peaceful states in the country and called on the police to sustain their tempo of surveillance so as to rid the state of bad elements and safeguard investors and their investment in the state.
Earlier the Zone 6 AIG said he was in the state on a working tour of the Commends in the zone comprising Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ebonyi, Abia and Cross River States and expressed appreciation to the state Government for partnering the police to achieve success in combating crime.
Marafa used the occasion of the tour to canvass useful information from the public saying this would assist the force in the discharge of it responsibilities and solicited the support of the Governor for the posting of more personnel to the zone to beef up security.