The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on Friday, urged the 465 new police recruits to eschew any act of corruption and be dedicated to their duties.
The police boss made the call at the Passing Out Parade of the police constables at the Police Training School, Minna.
Represented by Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Finance and Administration, Shauibu Gamb, he said “I will not hesitate to deal decisively with any police officer found in acts which violate the law of the land, including the prosecution of such persons to act as deterrent to others.”
Idris added that the 465 constables would be posted to their states of origin to ensure effective community policing.
He stressed that “you are, therefore, advised not to engage in any corrupt practices and any other nefarious activities.
“Nigeria is in a democratic system of government where the rights of citizens must be respected.”
The police chief assured the public that the Nigeria Police would continue to operate within its constitutional mandate.
He explained that “this made the police high command to launch ‘Our Creed,’ aimed at guiding officers’ actions while on their professional duties in line with international best practices.
“We shall ensure the rule of law prevails in our action and activities and operate within the principles of democratic governance.”
He lauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the recruitment of 31,000 police officers yearly.
Earlier, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Ibrahim Ketsu, lauded police efforts in the state.
Bello expressed the state government’s determination to continue to support the police for effective policing.