Ensure you regain the confidence and trust of the public - Osinbajo to new IGP

Ensure you regain the confidence and trust of the public - Osinbajo to new IGP

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has tasked the new Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to work hard in ensuring that he regains the lost confidence and trust of Nigerians.

Osinbajo issued this directives on Wednesday at the decoration ceremony of the new Acting Inspector General of Police, at the State House in Abuja.

The Vice President noted that under the leadership of the new Acting Inspector General, “the police must now rebuild the broken bridges of trust with the public and regain the confidence of the citizenry.”

He.reiterated the need for community policing as a way of also securing the lives of Nigerians and called for the implementation of community policing policy.

”Reconceptualizing policing as a task carried out in partnership with local communities and by officers who are members of these localities,” he explained

He noted that the welfare and working conditions of police officers must improve significantly and under the leadership of the Acting IG, officers “must live up to all of the highest standards of professional conduct and compliance to the rule of law.
“You must stamp out the excesses, abuses, and the culture of impunity illustrated by some elements of the force which provoke public outrage against the institution.”
The Vice President admitted that the Acting IG assumes his office at a very turbulent time in the life of Nigeria, ” noting “multiple threats to law, order and public safety.”
He said “the role of law enforcement and in particular, that of the Nigeria Police Force as the primary agency charged with maintaining law and order, has never been more important.”