Some fake and improperly dressed policemen have been rounded up by men of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit (PMU), under the office of Commissioner of Police, Mobile Police. They were rounded up on Tuesday morning around the River Niger Bridge area, at the Asaba/Onitsha boundary during a raid.
The team which conducted the arrest was led by a Superintendent of Police, Aniete Eyo. And they were around the bridge head as early as 9am, with a van with the inscription, ‘Police Mobile Force Monitoring Unit, COMPLO MOPOL Office, Force HQ, Abuja’. Several riot policemen, some not fully dressed in police uniform, took to their heels on sighting the unit, just as unlucky ones were apprehended and forced into the waiting van.
According to an officer on the team who pleaded anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak, the PMU was going round formations around the country, in compliance with the IG’s directive on discipline on his assumption of office. The officer said, “We just arrested six policemen wearing illegal T-shirts and monkey jackets on top police uniform. Another wore mufti face cap on top of khaki monkey jacket. The other wore something that has police colour lining on the shoulder with the inscription, Gwoza – I have been there, on the back.”
He continues: “We remove two (mobile policemen) on illegal escort duty from inside a Sport Utility Vehicle. A fake policeman was also arrested from a hideout, from where they hatch their operations of harassing people, while others ran away. Another one was caught with Pump Action gun. We arrested all of them and we are still moving around.”