By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Hashimu Argungu, yesterday read the riot act to officers and men of the force, saying the era of police brutality against civilians and acting outside the law was over.
He warned that henceforth, any officer caught in the act would not only be dismissed from the force but would also be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Argungu gave the warning in Yenagoa during a brief visit to the leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, while on a tour of police formations in the zone.
He said: “Everybody should know his rights and exercise his fundamental human rights effectively without any violation; every body should fight for his constitutional rights in the society. The police will dismiss any officer who uses excessive power on civilians.”
The AIG, who described Bayelsa State as the most peaceful in the zone, in terms of crime rate, lauded the state government for its zero tolerance to crime and its collaboration with the state command in protecting the lives and property of the citizenry.
Accompanied by the state commissioner of police and other senior officers, AIG Argungu also lauded the media which he described as worthy partner in the fight against crimes in the society and solicited its continued support.