IGP disbands police monitoring units in Lagos, Port Harcourt

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Acting Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Monitoring Satellite Offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt over complaints of harassment and operating beyond their briefs by Nigerians.

Baba announced this on Thursday at his maiden meeting with police commissioners and senior officers in Abuja.

He added that the police will instead focus on re-organising the teams to enhance their operation.

The IGP took the action 24 hours after he met with Musiliu Smith, chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), to discuss ways of increasing the efficiency of the police force.

When he assumed office a week ago, he acknowledged that the force is not doing enough in carrying out its responsibilities amid Nigeria’s security challenges.

“You will see improvement on where my predecessor has left. I came in at a very challenging time. I know it. I recognise it and I will work on how to improve from where my predecessor has left,” he had said.

“I have been a member of the management team. We have tried to do our best, but it’s not enough. There is room for improvement.”

The police have a number of special squads similar to the IGP monitoring teams that have been accused of operating beyond their briefs.

In October, Adamu Mohammed, Baba’s predecessor, was forced to disband the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) following nationwide protests over its brutality.

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