CITIZENS COMPASS —Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department(SCID), to commence a full-scale investigation into the alleged shooting of a vigilante, and two others in the State.
He said the officers involved have been identified and detained, while an internal disciplinary action has been initiated.
The CP gave the order in a statement signed by spokesman for the Command, SP Bright Edafe, on Friday, February 9, 2024.
“The Command is aware of a publication making rounds in some sections of the media of an alleged shooting by Policemen at Idjerhe kingdom in Ethiope West LGA.
“The CP wishes to reiterate that It’s not in the character of the Command to trample on the rights of citizens, assault, or use their rifles without recourse to Force Order 237.
“He assures members of the public that the officers concerned will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the extant laws as stipulated in the Police Act and regulations to serve as a deterrent to others, noting that under his watch, such conduct by officers of the command will not be tolerated.
“The Police Commissioner has therefore tasked officers and men to uphold the tenets of professional policing in the discharge of their duties with respect to the rights of all citizens in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) while hoping that the actions taken on the erring officers will serve as a deterrent to others.
“He appealed to members of the public, particularly indigenes of Idjerhe Kingdom, and the families of the injured vigilantes who are currently receiving treatment to remain calm and assure them of justice.”