The Commissioner of Police, CP, in Imo State, Mohammed Ahmed Barde has warned officers against illegal checking of phones, laptops and palmtops of citizens.
Barde also cautioned his officers against demanding tinted glasses permits from motorists on the road.
In a statement signed by the police spokesman, CSP, Michael Abattam, the CP regretted that the action of the officers causes untold hardship to the citizens and brings embarrassment to the command.
Barde frowned at this unwholesome negative attitudes exhibited by some policemen, and warned that police officers while on patrols/stop and search duties who are in the habit of harassing youths and checking their phones, palmtops, laptops and demanding tinted glass permit to stop such act forthwith in the state.
Similarly, he advised the youths to ensure that they respect the rule of law and desist from using black cellophane to create artificial tinted on the glasses of their vehicles.
He said those with factory fitted tinted glasses are free to use them without permit.
The CP added that those in the habit of using spy number plate, covering their car number plates or replacing same with designed logos of the make of their vehicles should desist from such illegal act as, anyone caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law and his vehicle impounded.
The Commissioner of Police directed Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Tactical Teams Commanders of the various units in the Command to ensure their subordinates are warned against indulging in these practices as any police officer found complicit will be made to face disciplinary actions.
He further directed officers and men to be professional and uphold international best practices and carry out their duty to the public devoid of any form of victimization.
The CP commended Imolites for their support to the command and assured them of the command’s efforts in ensuring a crime free yuletide season.
He enjoined them to continue to assist the police by volunteering credible and timely information.
The CP directed that in time of distress or whenever they are being harassed by any member of the force, they should not hesitate to call the Command’s emergency control room numbers for quick intervention: 08034773600 or 08098880197.