CDHR sends important message to IGP Usman, says police should stop interfering with civil matters
Acting president of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), Prince Kehinde Taiga, has called on Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, to direct police officers in the nation to stop intruding into civil matters that have no bearing with their security responsibilities.
Prince Kehinde said most police officers in zone 5 are abandoning their primary duties of security and meddling in civil issues where they arrest people and extort money from them.
He told this online medium on phone thus: “The attitude of Nigeria police in civil matters is wrong. They have no business investigating civil matters. It is not part of their duties. They arrest people and begin extorting money from them.
“Land matter is not a criminal offense. Some people will write petition to police and they will arrest and detain them. Police are meant to investigate criminal cases and not civil matters.
“Police have no constitutional right to interfere in land matter. However,they should work within the ambit of the law and respect human right when carrying out there constitution Duty and Administrative of Criminal Justice law must be followed.
“This period that courts are on strike, police should investigate issues and release suspects. They are not to detain suspects more than 24 hours
“I commend the IGP for his 13 point agenda and pray God to help him achieve His dream towards Nigeria Police Force.”
Taiga alleged that some police officers use the stamp of AIG Zone 5 to stamp petitions and begin arresting and detaining suspects. He added that their ulterior objective is to extort money from the suspects.