- IGP orders all police officers to declare assets
Members of the Osun House of Assembly yesterday said the cash crunch facing the state had subjected them to serious financial hardship.
The assembly’s deputy speaker, Mr. Akintunde Adegboye, stated this at the 51st birthday lecture of the Speaker, Mr. Najeem Salaam, in Osogbo.
Adegboye said the lawmakers had resorted to meagre earnings from their private investments to settle critical financial obligations.
“As we speak, members of the assembly are still using their private cars to do oversight functions.
“Most times, we sleep in darkness in our official quarters because we cannot afford to fuel our power generating plants.
“But to the people in town, we are the people with deep purse. That is the irony of the situation.
“Here in the assembly, despite the fact that our members of staff get something at the end of the month, they still look at us as stingy people.
“How about thousands of our constituents that depend on us, especially the sick and the unemployed youths, as well as others with financial constraints?”
Adegboye said people should not think the legislators were making money like those in the National Assembly.
The deputy speaker said the economic situation had been responsible for the low keyed birthday for the speaker.
In the meantime, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said all police officers in the country must declare their assets.
This, according to him, is necessary in order to rid the Nigerian Police Force of corruption. “Every police officer must declare their assets,” he said at Force Headquarters in Abuja during a courtesy call on him by members of Nigerians Unite Against Terror, a civil rights organisation on Friday.
The IGP warned police officers against violating their code of conduct, stressing that his administration would not spare them.
The IGP said, “We are going to be very tough on our police officers who go outside our code of conduct. When I took over and told people that I am declaring my assets, it looked surprising, people took it as if I was doing something magical but that is what the law says. You cannot work without declaring your assets.
“You must declare your assets and as policemen we are the ones checking the vices, so we cannot be part of those that are increasing the vices in the society and I still stand by my word. “I have declared my assets even before and after I became IG of police because it is a constitutional requirement. I believe every police officer should do that.
“What kills most Nigerians is lack of contentment; you will see somebody amassing wealth that he and even his grandchildren do not need throughout their life time. I don’t know what drives people like that. For me, I believe that with contentment, you will have peace of mind.” Idris promised to set up a special committee comprising the police and members of the civil society organisations to develop a strategy on how to improve the image of the police.
He said, “We need to sit down and set up a panel; we are going to start a committee to interface on how to utilise our human resource because it is very important. It is good people hear from the CSOs who are not policemen. People should hear from you on how the public now see the police. “People should give us the opportunity to prove ourselves; they will take it more serious from you.”
Idris called on the public to stop denigrating the police whose duty is to protect lives and properties. He said when he assumed duty as IGP, he promised to be guided by two major principles and police core values, in line with international best practices and democratic policing. “The principles are that the police should be humane, that we should respect other people; and we should not look at people’s faces before we can apply the law. The law covers everybody, whether you are rich or poor,” he said.
Nation with additional report from Punch.