The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has directed officers and men of the force to henceforth declare their assets.
Adamu spoke on Tuesday in Abuja when members of the board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), led by its Chairman, Prof. Mohammed Isah, visited him in his office.
The IGP noted that declaration of assets of public officers was compulsory and failure to do so was an act of breaking the law.
“We are aware that declaration of assets is mandatory for all public officers and not doing so means you are breaking the law.
“We want to assure you that we will assign an office to be responsible for that and they will make sure that all our officers and men comply with this directive. This will ensure that we have one channel so that whenever you want to check, it will be easy.
So, officially, the office that will be responsible for this is the office of the Commissioner of Police, Research and Planning, while the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Research and Planning, will oversee their activities,” he said.
Adamu also reiterated its commitment to assisting the bureau with uniform and armed personnel to carry out their mandate.
The IGP added that collaboration of both organisations was important for them to discharge their duties effectively.
Prof. Isah said the assistance of the police was required to enforce the code of conduct on all public officers.
Praising the IGP for declaring his assets, the CCB chairman said the bureau could not execute court orders on its own.
“The Code of Conduct Bureau has the investigative powers, but this power cannot be achieved alone.
“We need to cooperate, share information and collaborate to achieve our mandate,” he said.
Also, Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has canvassed for more funding for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to enable policemen carry out their responsibilities with more vigour and dedication.
He regretted the bad image the public had about the police, saying such comments were not sufficient for the condemnation of all police personnel, including the hardworking ones.
Obiano spoke at the opening ceremony of Police Public Relations Officers’ Conference at the Golden Tulip Golden Hotel, Agulu, with the theme: Public Relations Strategies and Communication skills.
The governor said the nation’s future is bright with the current calibre of persons in the police.
“Many things have been said about the police but some of them are not true. There must be bad eggs and the force has a way of taking them up and disciplining them.
“The group of officers we have here today will be able to polish the image of the force,” he said.
Obiano unveiled his plans to launch a security operation on Friday, where state-of-the-art equipment will be donated to the state police command to enhance crime fighting, detection and prevention.
Assuring the participants of a peaceful and secured environment, the governor urged them to “learn, unlearn and relearn necessary communication skills that will aid the effective repositioning of the force for greater good”.
IGP Adamu assured police personnel that his administration was working tirelessly to redeem the bad image of the force in the eyes of the citizenry.
He said it was in realisation of the bad image of the force his administration was embarking on image laundering activities to reposition the outfit.
Adamu, who was represented by the AIG for Zone 9, Tijani Baba, noted that the ability of the police to win public trust and confidence as a pathway to crime management was precedent on the officers’ capacity to re-brand the force and positively project it to the citizens.
“The workshop is part of his administration commitment to enhancing the capacity of officers whose primary responsibility is managing image and information dissemination process towards repositioning the police and changing uninformed perception and faulty narrative of the force,” he said.
Adamu urged the officers not to relent in exhibiting optimal professionalism to ensure that the age-long stereotypes about the force were corrected.
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) National President Chris Isiguzo described ethical journalism as key provider of the information democracy needs to survive.
He condemned all forms of violence against journalists, including attempts to bribe and corrupt the profession as well as the ploy to manipulate media for propaganda.
“We call on all journalists, in spite of these threats, to redouble their efforts and live up to the values and standards of the profession,” he added.