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Anambra Commissioner of Police Warns Officers Against Corruption

Ignatius Okpara, Onitsha

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary has read the riot act to officers and men of the command on misconduct especially extortion, saying they should desist from acts capable of dragging the already tarnished image of the  face to the mud or be ready to face the music if apprehended.

The Commissioner of police gave the warning during a familiarization tour to some police divisions under Onitsha Area Command on Tuesday.

He said that the attitude of the policemen would always endear or scare them away from the public.

He added that a good policeman is not expected to demand for bribe while performing his duties as he is being paid to offer such services to members of the public.

Gwary stressed that if after offering quality service to the public a policeman is appreciated, there was nothing wrong in accepting any incentives.

But he warned that monetary demand before rendering any service to member of the public remains bribery and an offence, saying any officer involved in such act  must be made to pay the price if apprehended.

The state police boss also warned members of the public to stop the tempting the police with monetary inducement each time they commit offence, stressing that the giver and taker are both liable for bribery offence.

He said the police were working towards restoring night life to Onitsha and other urban centres.

While commenting on the activities of the vigilante groups, the Police Commissioner emphasized that it was an offence for vigilante men to carry arms outside their jurisdiction.


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