The Nigeria Police Force has warned officers to desist from taking photographs with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, stating that the action will not be taken with levity.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris expressed disgust over the attitude in Lagos where he addressed officers.
“We will not take it with levity. There should be no double loyalty to Nigeria. No matter your rank, your commitment to the country should be absolute,” he said.
“Nationalism is key. Some officers were taking pictures with Nnamdi Kanu and this is someone that is challenging the unity of this country.
“We are changing the face of policing in Nigeria, policemen that are people-oriented with the satisfaction of the citizens as the primary focus.
“As policemen, you must be committed to unity, leadership and authority of government of this country. No double standards are allowed.”
Idris also announced that 88 additional area commands would be created to boost operational efficiency.
“We are waiting for approval from the PSC for the 88 new area commands and by extension, this means we are going to have more assistant commissioners of police,” he said.
This will also create room for more chief superintendents of police to be promoted. Do your best in your duties and you will be promoted.”
He commended the officers for their commitment to duty, adding that they are important to the day-to-day policing activities.
“You are important for this job. We depend on you.”