AIG orders intensive stop-and-search operations in FCT

AIG orders intensive stop-and-search operations in FCT

By Monday Ijeh, Abuja.


Mr Kayode  Egbetokun, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 7, has ordered the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command to intensify stop-and-search operations             .


Egbetokun gave the directive on Wednesday in Abuja during his familiarization visit to the command.


He, however, warned the personnel against any form of extortion in the course of the operations.


The AIG said that they should engage local communities to ensure proper security in the FCT.


Egbetokun called on police personnel to work together to restore professionalism in policing and ensure efficient utilization of resources.


He said that the essence of police duties was the protection and promotion of human rights, adding that every offence was a violation of somebody’s right.


He said that modern policing was intelligence-led, community-based and technology-driven, adding that police officers and men should, therefore, work harder to enhance their intelligence capacity and improve on visibility policing.


The AIG said that the recent deployment of new police constables would be a big boost to policing across the country.


Egbetokun called on the police command to sustain its strategic partnership with other security agencies and stakeholders.


“We must improve traffic control within the FCT. Traffic officers must be on their toes to ensure traffic flows within the FCT.


“We must reinvigorate stop and search (duties), effectively man black spots and sustain the present tempo in raid of criminal hideouts.


“Scavenging has been banned within the FCT and we must not allow scavengers to continue to operate,” he added.


In his remark, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in the FCT, Mr Sadiq Abubakar, said that the command had developed and implemented operational strategies, targeted at combating crime.


He said that the development was in compliance with the vision and mission of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba.


The police commissioner said that the operational policies and strategies had led to the arrest of 18 armed robbery suspects and recovery of 1,159 exhibits, including arms and ammunition of various calibres.


Abubakar said that motor vehicles and motorcycles, illicit drugs and other harmful weapons were among the exhibits recovered.


He said that 24 kidnapped persons were also rescued by the command and reunited with their families.


“The FCT command, under my leadership, is committed to ensuring that the policing ideals of the I-G, which have been effectively canvassed by the AIG, are clearly and, without doubt, exemplified in the command.


“Similarly, one of the foremost mandates of the command is to deliberately entrench modern policing standards, particularly respect for the rule of law and the fundamental rights of all citizens.


“I, hereby, restate the unalloyed dedication of myself and my team to ensuring that the impact of the policies and operational directives of the AIG, and by extension the IGP, is vigorously pursued,” he said.

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