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Brutality: IGP orders total overhauling of IRT, STS, SWAT units

By Linus Aleke
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the total overhauling of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), and the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Units to ensure that their operations are in tandem with the purpose for which they were created.

He said the move was also to ensure maximum effectiveness and output in line with the mandate of the IGP’s administration and public safety.

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Alkali also directed all supervising Commissioners of Police and Tactical/Strategic Commanders to ensure strict supervision of their personnel as further incidences of brutality and human rights abuses would not be tolerated.

This came just as one of its personnel, PC Liyomo Okoi, with Force No 524503, and attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command, was dismissed for gross misconduct.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyw Adejobi, in a statement yesterday said the IGP was disappointed about the ugly reports from various complaint channels available to the public, particularly on social media platforms.

He also disclosed that IGP Baba specifically, directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau AIG-FIB to carry out a supervisory role over the three units to ensure their operations are professional, active, and productive and do not infringe on the fundamental rights of the citizens, and other members of the public.

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According to the statement, “In the same vein, the Force has dismissed Force No. 524503 PC Liyomo Okoi attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on 31st July 2022 where he was flogging a man with a machete”.

The police spokesperson said that his dismissal takes effect from August 8, 2022.

The IGP also reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standards, and enhancement of the anti-corruption drive with a dedication to entrenching human rights-driven policing within the country.

He, however, expressed confidence that the current overhauling will improve the effectiveness of the units, and rid them of negative elements that deviate from the standard operating procedure of the Units, and the Nigeria Police Force in general.

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