ABUJA: THE Police High Command has warned the public to desist from using uniform similar to the police kit.
The warning was disclosed in a statement Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer, issued from the Force Headquarters from Abuja.
He said the warning became imperative and necessary at this crucial period of electioneering activities with a view to avoiding complicity as some of their excesses and illegalities may be attributed to the Nigeria Police.
“The attention of the Police High Command has been drawn to some Youth Vanguards, government security outfit or private uniformed security outfits who are kitted in a manner similar to Police uniform and accoutrements,” he said.
He warned this action was illegal. The statement added that the attention is also drawn to section 42 of Police Act cap 19 LFN 2014 which stated inter alia that “every person not being a Police officer who puts on or assumes either in whole or in part, the dress, name, designation, or description of any Police officer or any dress, name or designation, resembling and intended to resemble the dress, name or designation of any Police officer, or in any way pretends to be a Police officer for the purposes of obtaining admission into any house or other place, or of doing any act which such person would not by law entitled to do his own authority, shall be guilty of offence.” Ojukwu said no government or private security outfit or Youth Vanguard should use uniform or accoutrements similar to that of the Nigeria Police.
He added that no private security outfit is allowed near a polling booth or polling station on election days. He enjoined members of the public to continue to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force and other recognized security agencies in a bid to ensure a safe and secure nation. They are also advised to report any suspicious movement in their areas at the nearest Police Station.
Ojukwu said all the Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police have been further directed to place their men on the alert and arrest any private uniformed security outfit that flouts this directive.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY