The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed D. Abubakar has expressed his preparedness to stamp out corruption in the police force.
The IGP handed down the warning on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital to officers and men of the state police command.
He added that “I have publicly stated that this administration is set to usher in an era of commitment, determination, uprightness, discipline, dedication to duty, selfless service, among the ranks and file of the Nigeria Police Force. I have also stated that we shall fight crimes and criminality in all its ramifications.
“These things, however, cannot be achieved in the face of the endemic corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of our work force. They cannot be achieved if we do not improve on our relationship with members of the public. Above all however, there is no way our visions can see the light of the day unless we completely change our general attitude to work which presently falls far below minimum standards.
“With the level of insecurity in our country and the persistent threats to lives and property, the Nigeria Police Force needs to re-awaken the spirit that has made the Force proud in yesteryears and rise to the challenge of securing our homeland against attacks, crime and all forms of criminality.
“This is my message to all officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force and this is the subject of the crusade which I intend to take to all Police commands across the country and which I began today in Kwara State Police command.
“I am aware of the various challenges inherent in our job, I know of the constraints and I feel the frustrations that come with policing a typical Nigerian society. I want to assure you today that this administration shall do its very best to empower you adequately to perform your job optimally, and I shall as much as possible, endeavour to address the many issues affecting our collective interests.
“Now I must task you to re-dedicate yourselves to the ethics and principles of law enforcement, determining to protect our society from all criminal vices, eschewing corrupt tendencies and performing our duties without fear or favour”, he said.