The IGP gave the directive when he met with Mobile Police Squadron and commanders at the Force headquarters yesterday. He emphasized that the maintenance of law and order and the protection of lives, properties are the primary duties of the police.
The IGP said, “Let me end this speech by reminding you that those who keep the peace must be the epitome of peace. Those whose duty is to enforce the laws of the land must respect and obey the laws of the land. Without obeying the laws, the Police lack the moral high ground to interrogate and bring lawbreakers to book.
“Consequently, in line with my vision of building a rule of law compliant Police Force, it is my directive that henceforth all police convoys on routine, non-emergency movement, must obey traffic lights and other traffic rules, I pledge to lead by example in this regard. As you will be returning to your various bases, I wish you a safe journey and please be assured of my best wishes always.”
Further investigations revealed that the IGP has warned senior officers and commanders that henceforth they will be held responsible for lack of supervision, whenever any of their men errs.
IGP Egbetokun made it clear that the tone has changed, and the drumming too has changed.