Police Under My Watch Won’t Tolerate Graft, IG Says As He Okays Dismissal Of Bribe-Seeking Cop

MOHAMMED_ABUBAKAR_POLICE-IGIn what appeared as a warning to bad eggs within the rank and file of the Nigeria Police, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday emphasized his zero tolerance for corruption in the Force, saying anyone caught in the act, would be dismissed.

Mr. Abubakar was reacting to claims in some quarters that the dismissal of police sergeant Chris Omeleze, who was caught on tape demanding bribe from a suspected road traffic offender in Lagos, was too harsh.

Speaking with State House correspondents after joining Vice President Namadi Sambo, who led other Muslim faithful to pay the annual traditional Sallah homage to President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, the IGP said he would not superintend over a corrupt police force.

According to him, apart from regular warnings to the officers and men of the police force, other strategies have been adopted to discourage corruption in the service, including sting operations.

He said: “You can see that we are information technology compliant. We know what is happening in the You Tube, we know what is happening all over the world. And because we believe that we have to do what is right, we warn our officers and men, sometimes we set them up to ensure that we get them on the act. And so who is caught on the act is being dismissed.

“There is a process that is going on. If the man that was present where corruption has taken place is willing and ready to come and give evidence in court, he would be charged to court,” he added.