The Police Command in Kwara has warned its officers against unethical behaviours, such as harassment and extortion of innocent residents in the state.
The commissioner of police in the state, Tuesday Assayomo, issued the warning in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, Okasanmi Ajayi, on Saturday in Ilorin.
Mr Assayomo said that the command frowns against the indiscriminate stopping of youths in both private and public transportation, and on the streets for the purpose of checking for incriminating information and eventual harassment and extortion by its officers on field duties.
The police commissioner, therefore, warned police officers in such unethical habits to desist forthwith or else severe consequences await culprits.
“To ensure strict compliance of this directive, Kwara police Command’s special monitoring team has been set up and detailed to be on the look out for deviant officers.
“Therefore, members of the public are advised to insist on being taken to the nearest police station in the event of any policeman requesting they submit their phone sets or laptops for search.
“Further to this directive, home owners or tenants are also advised to demand search warrants authenticating the search of such dwelling places before the exercise be allowed.
“This is to forestall reports of indiscriminate ingress into homes and offices by policemen and imposters alike on the excuse of searching and arrest of criminal elements,” the statement read in part.