The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Solomon Arase, on Thursday ordered policemen to stop investigating land disputes. The IG gave the directive at the police headquarters in Abuja, during an interactive session with police inspectors and rank and file selected from across the country. He said: “We are going to train you in alternative dispute resolution, all those of you who get involved in land matters, commercial matters, we have advised that you should desist from them.”
“Police does not grant the right of land to anybody, you can only advice them, that they should take their matters to court, whenever they come before you,” he added. Arase ordered the Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of all the states Criminal Investigations Departments (CIDs) to ensure that the directive is strictly adhered to.
He also said: “We will not invite anybody to our facilities and detain them for more than 48 hours; you must ensure that you gather evidence before anybody is invited to our police stations.”
The IG asked policemen to key into the anti corruption vision for a renewed police force, pointing out that the welfare of police men will be taken care of, as a means of getting rid of corruption. He said after eradicating road blocks from high ways and replacing them with patrol teams, the police management is ensuring that each police man on high way patrol duty is fed once a day.