IGP Bans Use Of Unapproved Uniforms, Outfits, On Routine Operations

The Nigeria Police  Force have banned Police officers on from wearing mufti and other casual outfits while on duty.

This was followed after the approval of a dress code for officers on patrol and guard, stop and search and other routine police operations.

The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman also directed provost and IGP monitoring units to ensure total compliance.

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It was learned that some of the police officers while on duty are fond of wearing t-shirts and face caps with inscriptions such as special forces, commando, gallant mopol, scorpion among others.

In a statement electronically signed by the force Public Relations Officer, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and obtained by Africa Investigative Magazine, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has expressed dismay at the violation of the approved Nigeria Police Force dress code by some  officers.

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Alkali Baba complained that most police officers on patrol and guard, stop and search, and other routine police operations; who have formed the habit of wearing t-shirts and face caps with “Special Forces”, “Commando”, “Gallant MOPOL”, “SCORPION”, and other inscriptions while on duty. Premised on this, the IGP has ordered an immediate ban on such unapproved apparels.

The statement reads in part: “The IGP has described as unacceptable, the use of unapproved apparels noting that uniforms, which is a means of identification, has been abused by these officers who engage in improper dressing.

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“He equally decries the fear this unwholesome practice creates in the minds of innocent Nigerians. The IGP therefore ordered that henceforth, all police officers detailed for patrol, stop and search, check point, and other routine operational duties must be in approved uniforms for easy identification.

“Consequently, the IGP has ordered that all Police disciplinary units particularly the Force Provost Marshal, the IGP X-Squad and Monitoring Unit to ensure the strict enforcement of the directive with severe sanctions for erring officers. The IGP has equally warned that all supervisory officers would be held vicariously liable in the event that personnel under their command violate this order.

“The Inspector-General of Police has assured well-meaning members of the public that the Force leadership is committed to promoting strategic police reforms geared at sanitizing operational engagements, and bequeathing to the nation a professional policing system as required,” it said.

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