SARS Killings: Nigeria Police to Introduce Taser Guns to Officers
Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, yesterday in Lagos, said that henceforth, the nation’s policemen will start using stun guns for routine patrols because the Police under the current leadership can no longer tolerate abuses associated with the Police.
IGP Adamu said this when he visited the Lagos Police Command in Monday.
According to Sahara Reporters, Adamu condemned the unprofessional conduct of some of the officers. He said the officers found culpable of misuse of firearms would be punished.
He said: “From January to April 2019, Lagos State has recorded four incidents of misuse of firearms, which have resulted in extra-judicial killings of young citizens of this country and injury to others.
“More worrisome is that two of these incidents occurred within the last two weeks.
“Aside negating our professional calling, extra-judicial acts of any description or level by any police personnel is an unacceptable anomaly that creates disdain between the citizens and their police and widens the trust gap between them,’’ he said.
“In the long term, rather than the use of firearms, we shall henceforth use technologies and weapon systems such as electro-muscular disruption technology, commonly known as taser or stun guns by police.
“It will be used for routine patrols as a strategic approach towards reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misapplication of lethal weapons by the police.
“In perfecting these initiatives, we shall be engaging with human rights bodies, international agencies, development partners and civil society organisations.”
The IGP added that any irresponsible officers shall be dismissed from the service and prosecuted for murder.
“The person will be investigated through our internal disciplinary machinery and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service. In addition, such personnel will be charged to court for murder or sundry offences depending on his or her level of criminal liability in the instance,” he said.
Condemning the act of police brutality and reckless killings, the IGP said sectional heads and Area commanders will henceforth, be held responsible when their men err.
He noted that the force would re-train all of its officers nationwide and organise a “reorientation of personnel in compliance with human rights and professional conducts”.