The Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Mr. Lawan Ado, has vowed to dismiss any male policeman caught searching a female suspect. He lamented how personnel touch sensitive parts of females under the guise of conducting search.
Ado was reacting to allegation by a lady, Kachi Zion, who accused four operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of sexually harassing her along the Pipeline area of Ilorin. She specifically accused one of the policemen of inserting his fingers into her private part.In a statement on Friday, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said the CP at a meeting with men and officers of the command alongside operatives of the Federal SARS at the police headquarters in Ilorin, issued stern waring on the matter.
Okasanmi said, “The CP told them that a male policeman searching a female suspect is a misnomer.“He also said it is robbery when policemen accost citizens and search for mobile phones or force suspects to withdraw money from automated teller machines.“He further declared that any officer arrested doing any of the above would be dismissed and charged to court.“This is a result of a number of allegations of misconducts against the SARS operatives in recent times.”
The CP said the allegations had brought disrepute to the image and the good name of the command.He referred to allegations of extortion and labelling every young man seen in a vehicle with laptops computers as ‘Yahoo boy’, while also warning against drunkenness while on duty.He further re-echoed the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, that the ban on road blocks on highways remained in force, adding that policemen who flouted this would be arrested.
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