Inspector General of Police ban use of fez caps, T-shirts by officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has banned the use of fez caps, T-shirts and other unapproved established to be trademark of some of the operatives, who have formed the habit.

Penpushing reports that, the ban order was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, adding that the police boss expressed dismay at the flagrant violation of the approved Nigeria Police Force dress code by officers on patrol, guard, stop and search, and other routine police operations.

The statement identified some of the uniforms and apparels as having inscriptions such “Special Forces”, “Commando”, “Gallant MOPOL”, “SCORPION”, and other inscriptions while on duty,stressing that the Inspector General of Police described such as acceptable

‘The IGP has described as unacceptable, the use of unapproved apparels noting that uniforms, which is a means of identification, has been abused by these officers who engage in improper dressing’, Adejobi wrote.

‘He equally decries the fear this unwholesome practice creates in the minds of innocent Nigerians. The IGP therefore ordered that henceforth, all police officers detailed for patrol, stop and search, check point, and other routine operational duties must be in approved uniforms for easy identification’, he said

Penpushing further reports that, Adejobi said, consequently, the police leadership. has ordered that all police disciplinary units particularly the Force Provost Marshal, the Inspector General of Police, X-Squad and monitoring unit to ensure the strict enforcement of the directive with severe sanctions for erring officers.

The statement added that, the Inspector General of Police has equally warned that all supervisory officers would be held vicariously liable in the event that personnel under their command violate this order.

‘The Inspector-General of Police has assured well-meaning members of the public that the Force leadership is committed to promoting strategic police reforms geared at sanitizing operational engagements, and bequeathing to the nation a professional policing system as required’, Adejobi emphasised.

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