In an address to officers and personnel of the Kano State Police Command on Friday, the acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, emphasized the importance of avoiding corrupt practices, particularly extortion. Egbetokun, speaking to the officers, highlighted that refraining from engaging in corrupt acts would greatly contribute to improving the public perception of the police force.
Egbetokun, who has consistently advocated against extortion within the police force, stressed that policing is a noble profession that can either garner blessings or the opposite, depending on the conduct of individual officers. He pointed out that engaging in corruption sends a message to both society and a higher power, indicating a lack of need for blessings.
Egbetokun’s speech emphasized that the police force should operate with the fear of God and integrity, reminding officers that their conduct holds a significant impact on public confidence. He revealed plans to reorganize the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), with an emphasis on appointing qualified and competent officers to sensitive roles, such as Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders, and Divisional Police Officers. He emphasized that inspiring public confidence requires competence, honesty, and integrity.
“I used to tell my officers to stop extortion; the police job is a very good job. It is the best job in the world. It is a job that, when you do it very well, you get prayers from people.
“It is also a job that you will do badly and get the opposite of prayers. So it is you, the policeman, that will determine what you want.
“If you want prayers, you will get enough prayers in this job. And if you want the opposite of prayers, you are going to get it too. So, be mindful of that fact,” he said.
“Some of you will have sent away angels that God have sent to you to bless you with your wickedness.
“The moment you are engaging in corruption, you are telling God that don’t worry about me, I can bless myself, and God will not bother about you.
“But if you do your job with the fear of God, God will single you out for blessing,” Egbetokun said.
“Henceforth, only officers who can inspire public confidence will be given sensitive duty posts, such as Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and DPOs. If you cannot inspire public confidence, you will not merit such positions.
“We want competence; we want honesty; we want integrity. That is the only way we can inspire public confidence.
“We want the support of members of the public. We cannot be calling for support when we also are not showing transparency; we’re not showing competence, and we are not showing capability.
“We must show capacity. We must show integrity. We must show the members of the public that we can be trusted. We are the lead agency in internal security. We have to demonstrate this.
“We must show commitment to professionalism. We must improve our relationship with members of the public. We must stop corruption and extortion in our system. It doesn’t pay us.
“Those who have been engaging in extortion, I want to ask you, how has extortion improved your quality of life?” he asked.
The Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Mr Hussaini Gumel, also highlighted the successes of the police in combating crime, revealing the arrest of over 150 criminals across different parts of the state. He underlined the implementation of a comprehensive security network aimed at the apprehension and prosecution of criminal elements in the region.