The Imo State Commissioner Of Police CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde has warmed police officers to stop checking of phones laptops and palmtops of people especially youths in the state.
The CP also ordered to stop the checking of tinted permit for vehicles with tinted glasses especially vehicles with factory fitted glasses.
This is contained in a statement released by the police public relations officer of the state Michael Abattam on Monday.
In the release, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc(+) frowns at this unwholesome negative attitudes exhibited by Policemen, and warned in strong terms, that all Police Officers while on patrols/stop and search duties who are in the habit of harassing youths and checking their Phones, Palmtops, Laptops and demanding for tinted glass permit to stop such act forthwith in the State.
The Statement Reads
IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND
PRESS RELEASE…… 28/11/2022
CP IMO WARNS OFFICERS AND MEN TO STOP CHECKING OF PHONES, PALMTOPS, LAPTOPS, AND PERMIT FOR THE USE OF TINTED VEHICLES IN THE STATE.
Sequel to series of complaints received from members of the public, especially from the youth alleging indiscriminate harassment and illegal checking of their phones, palm tops, laptops and demand of tinted glass permits on the road, by Police Officers thereby causing untold hardships to them and in the process, embarrassing the Command.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc(+) frowns at this unwholesome negative attitudes exhibited by Policemen, and warned in strong terms, that all Police Officers while on patrols/stop and search duties who are in the habit of harassing youths and checking their Phones, Palmtops, Laptops and demanding for tinted glass permit to stop such act forthwith in the State.
In the same vein, he advised the youths to ensure that, they respect the rule of law and desist from using black cellophane to create artificial tinted on the glasses of their vehicle’s but those with factory fitted tinted glasses are free to use them without permit. Also, those in the habit of using spy number plate, covering their car number plates or replaced same with designed logos of the make of their vehicles should desist from such illegal act as, anyone caught, his/her vehicle will be impounded and the owner will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Tactical Teams Commanders of the various units in the Command to ensure their subordinates are warned against indulging in these practices as any Police Officer found complicit will be made to face disciplinary actions. Furthermore, he directed that Officers and men should be professional and uphold international best practices and exercise their duty to the general public devoid of any form of victimization.
Finally, the CP while commending Imolites for their constant support to the Command, especially the youths, assured them of the Command’s efforts in ensuring a crime free yuletide season and enjoined them to assist the Police by volunteering credible and timely information.
Moreso, in time of distress or whenever they are being harassed by any member of the Force, they should not hesitate to call the Command’s emergency control room numbers for quick intervention: 08034773600 or 08098880197.
CSP MICHAEL ABATTAM
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
IMO STATE COMMAND.