Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, at a meeting with Inspectors and the rank and file at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday, May 21, 2015 warned police officers to desist from carrying bags, luggage and similar items for VIP individuals they may be assigned to.
The IG was apparently reacting to reports of policemen carrying bags and luggage, for bigwigs, especially at airports and public functions.
He stated that any policeman, particularly men of the Special Protection Unit, caught degrading himself in such a manner would be severely punished, reports the Punch.
Mr. Arase cautioned his men against carrying bags for VIPs, insisting that this is not part of their job schedule as security personnel.
Mr Arase has also warned policemen against getting involved in land disputes, stressing that such cases ought to be referred to the court of law or for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
He made this known in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu,Thursday, May 21,2015
He decried the participation of police officers in land issues, which he said bred corruption, noting that land disputes were not criminal matters that required intervention of policemen unless there was a criminal dimension to the case.
The IG announced that 36,599 of the Nigerian Police rank and file would be promoted soon, adding that the police management were also working hard to improve the welfare of men of the Force.