Bauchi CP warns against human right abuse

By Rukayat Akanbi

NEWLY deployed Commissioner of Police to Bauchi State, Lawal Tanko Jimeta has lamented the level of harrasment and extortion by some uniform men and has warned officers and men of the Command against human right abuse.

The Commissioner of Police has also charged the officers to be civil and professional while enforcing the law as not to infringe on the right of the people. CP Jimita while addressing newsmen in Bauchi after assumed duty, said his main focus area will be on human rights abuse, extortion and transparency.

He explained the level of harassment by some men in uniform, saying “a man in uniform once held my collar” without further explanation in Edo State, the CP said. He said: “I have enjoined Area Commanders and DPOs to provide requisite leadership to officers and men under their supervision to desist from any act that may widen the gap between the police and the community.”

He added that the action would enable the residents of the state to participate at the levels of policing, by participating in its operations and to also partner with the conventional police in achieving effective and efficient security and safety architecture.

While doing this, “actors should be professionals and should strictly adhere to human right principles,” Jimeta said.”I warned all officers and men of the Command to be friendly, civil and desist from any act that may negatively affect our service delivery or amount to abuse and violation of human rights.”

Jimeta also promised to revive the gender section of the Command to be proactive in checking the increasing violence against women and girls.

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