Some officers will also face in-house trial for improper dressing


Eight police officers were, on Tuesday, arrested in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states for mounting illegal roadblocks and improper dressing.

It will be recalled that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, upon assumption of office, inaugurated a new Police Mobile Force to arrest and institute disciplinary measures against police officers found mounting roadblocks.

A PMF team led by the Commander in charge of Ethics, Doctrine and Monitoring, Anietie Eyoh, said three police officers were arrested in Uyo and five in Calabar.

He said the culprits abandoned their beat at the National Independent Power Plant to mount illegal checkpoint along the Calabar-Itu Expressway, while two were arrested at the MOPOL 11 Command for improper dressing.

Eyoh also revealed that another riot police officer was arrested at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar, for violating the rules on escort of VIPs, which state that the security personnel must not be less than two in number.

Mbu Mbu, the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja, said the suspects would undergo in-house trial and would be punished if found guilty.

?We have our departmental disciplinary procedure. The IG made a pronouncement that had to do with dress code — that they must be combat ready at all times. These are the things that we are now trying to enforce,? he said.

?We have forwarded the signals to all field commanders and have given them enough time so that the men would conform to the directive.?

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