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Stop checking phones, laptops and palmtops of residents – Imo police Commissioner warns officers

Jul 21, 2023 #News

Sequel to a series of complaints received from members of the public, especially from the youth alleging indiscriminate harassment and illegal checking of their phones, palmtop, and laptop and extortion by Police Officers.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has warned Police Officers posted on patrol and guard duties who are in the habit of harassing members of the public and checking their phones to desist forthwith as appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be meted against any erring officer.

A statement released by the command’s spokesperson, ASP Henry Okoye, says the Commissioner of Police while interfacing with the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Team Commanders in a meeting held at the Command headquarters, Owerri today July 21, charged them to warn their subordinates against indulging in any unprofessional practice as any Police Officer found complicit will be made to face disciplinary actions. Okoye said he further directed that officers and men should be professional, uphold the rule of law, protect the rights of all citizens, and exercise their lawful duties to the general public without exhibiting any form of vindictiveness. 

Okoye added that in times of distress or whenever they are harassed by any member of the Force, they should not hesitate to call the Command’s emergency control room, CP Monitoring unit, or IGP X-Squad via any of the following lines: 08034773600, 08098880197, 08148024755 or 08103341610

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