CP warns staff against using outlets and ATMs to extort residents –
Officers from the Edo State Police Command were warned against unethical practices and behaviors, particularly the use of outlets and ATMs to extort residents and members of the public.
Police Commissioner Abutu Yaro issued the warning on Friday via the new command’s spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor.
Speaking to reporters shortly after taking over from the command’s former police public relations officer, SP Kontongs Bello, Nwabuzor said CP had ordered him to brief journalists on developments within the command.
According to him, Yaro made a series of changes in the offices of the command, and deployed officers of men in the various offices he created.
He said: “With this, the state is on the move again to make sure the state is peaceful for everyone.
“CP Abutu Yaro has made a statement of policy arising from the changes and redeployment of officers and men he has carried out so far.
“He warned officers and men in command to behave and avoid unethical practices and behavior, in particular using outlets and ATMs to extort residents and members of the public .
“He also warned officers and command men to refrain from naked brutality and public dehumanization of residents.”
Nwabuzor also said that the CP had warned the command staff to refrain from any action that could lead to land grabbing.
He added that staff had been advised to be aware of their profession and follow it in a professional manner.
Yaro also warned against criminal extortion of money on highways by command personnel.
Meanwhile, Nwabuzor, who had been PPRO in command between 2017 and 2021, said the change of spokesperson was made by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, at the request of the CP of the Edo State.
He did, however, assure that everything expected from the PPRO would be delivered.
He said, “I will always hold to the truth.
“I will stand with the police and the public and report incidents as they occur.”
He sought the cooperation of the press and the public to enable him to succeed.
He revealed that the former PPRO had been redeployed to the New Etete Division of the Police Command as a Divisional Police Officer.