The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Police Command CP Tuesday Assayomo psc (+) has warned Police officers against unethical habits, indiscriminate stopping of youths to check their handsets, harassment and extortion of innocent residents.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s spokesperson, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ilorin.
According to the police boss, the Command stands firmly against the indiscriminate stopping of youths in both private and public transportation and on the streets for the purpose of checking for incriminating information and eventual harasment and extortion by some policemen on field duties.
“The CP has sufficiently warned policemen in such unethical habits to desist forthwith or else severe consequences await such officers.
“To ensure strict compliance of this directive, Kwara police Command’s special monitoring team has been set up and detailed to be on the look out for deviant officers.
“Therefore, members of the public are advised to insist on being taken to the nearest police station in the event of any policeman requesting they submit their phone sets or laptops for search.
“Further to this directive, home owners or tenants are also advised to demand search warrants authenticating the search of such dwelling places before the exercise be allowed.
“This is to forestall reports of indiscriminate ingress into homes and offices by police men and imposters alike on the excuse of searching and arrest of criminal elements,” Ajayi said.