Police monitoring unit in Lagos, Port Harcourt get IGP disbandment orders
Alkali Baba, the acting Inspector-General of Police, has ordered the immediate closure of the IGP Monitoring Satellite Offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
The IGP who gave the order at his maiden meeting with Police Commissioners and senior officers on Thursday said the move became necessary due to the rise in complaints of harassments and bullying by Nigerians.
According to him, the ban became necessary to enable him reorganize and return the force to basic policing.
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 reorganisation 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.
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“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.