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Police give reasons for withdrawal of officers from Kano anti-corruption agency

Police give reasons for withdrawal of officers from Kano anti-corruption agency

The Kano State Police Command has said it withdrew officers at Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) for audit purposes.

The Command in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa on Friday, said the officers’ withdrawal was with a view to conducting Staff Audit to ascertain the exact number of Police Officers seconded to the Commission.

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The statement also said there was the need to understand the reporting line and nature of duties each Police Officer is performing since their initial deployment to the Commission in the year 2015.

Reports on Thursday said about 40 policemen were withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun via a text message from the command sent to the Policemen which read: “Order and Directives to all officers and men of the Nigeria police force attached to public complaint and Anti-corruption commission Kano State are warned directed to report back to Command headquarters with immediate effect those with high profile cases to hand over such to Head of Operations immediately all to acknowledge please.”

Kiyawa said “The exercise was simply a response to series of reports received through the Command’s Complaint Response Unit (CRU), portraying policemen attached to the Commission as being high-handed and deviating from the expected role of providing static guard and other duties at the Commission.

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“For purposes of clarity, members of the public are to note that the object of the ongoing Staff Audit is basically to address the litany of complaints as reported by sections of the media.

“The action further became imperative, so as to correct the obvious anomalies in the operations of the Commission as Police Officers primarily deployed to static guards and other duties were being used to effect arrest and carry out investigation of cases which clearly is a deviation from their originally assigned mandate and must be corrected. In totality, the step is towards ensuring a better and effective service delivery by the policemen devoid of abuse of process in the interest of the people.

“It will be recalled that similar exercises were conducted in the past from the inception of the Commission in the year 2015 and the men were returned at the conclusion of such exercises.”

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Kiyawa, however, said the Inspector-General of Police has directed the immediate return of a number of Police Officers, providing guards at the Commission’s office, who have gone through the audit process.

Wrong perception?

He cautioned that “Members of the public are thus enjoined to disregard the current perception being portrayed by a section of the media, that aligned the objective to political witch-hunting, as the Police Command will ever remain professional and keep performing its statutory roles of protecting lives and property of all people according to the provisions of the extant laws of the country”

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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