All Police Officers Must Declare Their Assets – IGP




The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said all
police officer in the country must declare their assets.
This, according to him, is necessary in order to rid the
Nigerian Police Force of corruption.
“Every police officer must declare their assets,” he said at
Force Headquarters in Abuja during a courtesy call on him
by members of Nigerians Unite Against Terror, a civil rights
organisation on Friday.
The IGP warned police officers against violating their code
of conduct, stressing that his administration would not
spare them.
The IGP said, “We are going to be very tough on our police
officers who go outside our code of conduct. When I took
over and told people that I am declaring my assets, it
looked surprising, people took it as if I was doing
something magical but that is what the law says. You
cannot work without declaring your assets.
“You must declare your assets and as policemen we are
the ones checking the vices, so we cannot be part of those
that are increasing the vices in the society and I still stand
by my word.
“I have declared my assets even before and after I became
IG of police because it is a constitutional requirement. I
believe every police officer should do that.
“What kills most Nigerians is lack of contentment; you will
see somebody amassing wealth that he and even his
grandchildren do not need throughout their life time. I don’t
know what drives people like that. For me, I believe that
with contentment, you will have peace of mind.”
Idris promised to set up a special committee comprising
the police and members of the civil society organisations to
develop a strategy on how to improve the image of the
police.
He said, “We need to sit down and set up a panel; we are
going to start a committee to interface on how to utilise
our human resource because it is very important.
It is good people hear from the CSOs who are not
policemen. People should hear from you on how the public
now see the police.
“People should give us the opportunity to prove ourselves;
they will take it more serious from you.”
Idris called on the public to stop denigrating the police
whose duty is to protect lives and properties.
He said when he assumed duty as IGP, he promised to be
guided by two major principles and police core values, in
line with international best practices and democratic
policing.
“The principles are that the police should be humane, that
we should respect other people; and we should not look at
people’s faces before we can apply the law. The law
covers everybody, whether you are rich or poor,” he said.

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