The Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, yesterday announced the immediate disbanding of all federal highway, border patrol, surveillance and intelligence units, as well as anti-robbery units, as part of his ongoing reforms of the Nigeria Police Force.
Mr. Ringim, who stated this at a ceremony for the decoration of newly promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in Abuja, said that the action was aimed at repositioning the Force for more effective and proactive strategic policing.
In particular, he lamented that the Police Mobile Force (PMF) unit had been grossly abused and bastardised by prominent Nigerians and, therefore, it would be restructured and streamlined.
“As we all know, it is the traditional role of the PMF to serve as the operational punching arm of the Force, providing succour in the protection of lives and property. The PMF should be the last resort by the police in dealing with very tasking and riotous situations,” he said.
“But today, regrettably, this is no more the case, as the PMF has been subjected to performing unprofessional and degrading duties,” Mr. Ringim said.
He assured the public that, unlike his predecessors, he would remain in the job long enough to complete his reforms. He promised his tenure would not end prematurely.
“We are tired of image battering by members of the public, and shall not hesitate to invoke various liability sanctions on officers who fail to purge the Force of incessant cases of police brutality and unethical conduct,” he warned.