he Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Usman Baba, has described police personnel holding a gun to extort citizens as armed robbers
The IG warned personnel in the country against extortion and other acts of indiscipline.
TheNewsGuru reports that Baba gave the warning while addressing policemen on Wednesday at Police Headquarters in Gombe.
He said discipline and professionalism were the bedrock of policing, as such the service would not condone any act of corruption and indiscipline.
The IG, therefore, told the police personnel to live up to expectations or lose their jobs.
Baba described extortion as a criminal offence, adding that “it’s serious and next to armed robbery, and such act have no place in the police.”
The IG said he dismissed three policemen for irresponsible behaviors in the last three weeks.
“Any policeman holding a gun and extorting people on the road is no different from armed robber and we cannot be having glorified armed robbers,” he warned.
The IG, however, commended police personnel working hard to ensure security in the state and the country as a whole.
He urged them to strengthen inter-agency cooperation, including collaboration with traditional and community leaders, to enhance security and peace across the country.
The police boss directed the Gombe State Command to ensure the training and re-training of all personnel to keep them professionally fit to serve the nation better.
The IG was in the state for a three-day Security and Peace Summit convened by the state government to improve security in the state.