By Augustine Ehikioya
To ensure orderliness in appearance and easy identification, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered immediate ban on unapproved uniforms and apparels.
The Police Boss, in a statement issued on Friday by the Ag. Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), has expressed dismay at the flagrant violation of the approved Nigeria Police Force dress code by officers on patrol and guard, stop and search, and other routine Police operations.
According to him, they have formed the habit of wearing t-shirts and face caps with “Special Forces”, “Commando”, “Gallant MOPOL”, “SCORPION”, and other inscriptions while on duty.
The IGP, the statement said, has described as “unacceptable, the use of unapproved apparels noting that uniforms, which is a means of identification, has been abused by these officers who engage in improper dressing.
“He equally decries the fear this unwholesome practice creates in the minds of innocent Nigerians. The IGP therefore ordered that henceforth, all Police officers detailed for patrol, stop and search, check point, and other routine operational duties must be in approved uniforms for easy identification.
“Consequently, the IGP has ordered that all Police disciplinary units particularly the Force Provost Marshal, the IGP X-Squad and Monitoring Unit to ensure the strict enforcement of the directive with severe sanctions for erring officers.”
The IGP, in the statement, also warned that all Supervisory Officers would be held vicariously liable in the event that personnel under their command violate this order.
“The Inspector-General of Police has assured well-meaning members of the public that the Force leadership is committed to promoting strategic Police reforms geared at sanitizing operational engagements, and bequeathing to the Nation a professional policing system as required,” the statement said.