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IGP introduces e-Warrant Card to stem police impersonation

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In a bid to curb the menace of police impersonation and unprofessional conduct by officers, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has announced plans to digitize officers’ identification through an e-warrant card.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the card would provide seamless identification of officers all over the country as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal elements presenting fake identity cards at police stations.

“The project which commenced with the approval of the IGP is being carried out by Police ICT experts attached to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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“Upon its launch, it would engender a full digitalization of police identification nationwide and provide a valid basis for effecting arrests with warrants in line with extant laws, and many other benefits attached to the use of such e-warrant cards,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Force Disciplinary Committee has commenced the review of disciplinary cases of no less than 130 senior police officers across the country.

According to Mr Adejobi, the officers comprise two Commissioners of Police, three Assistant Commissioners of Police, 11 Chief Superintendents of Police, 19 Superintendents of Police, 18 Deputy Superintendents of Police, and 77 Assistant Superintendents of Police.

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Mr Adejobi noted that the FDC which comprises the seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police as arbiters and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Force Secretary as its Secretary, began its session on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and will hold till Friday, July 1, 2022.

The force spokesperson added that the committee’s recommendations would be transmitted to the Police Service Commission for appropriate sanctions.

“The Force Disciplinary Committee has convened at the Inspector-General of Police Conference Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja, to review disciplinary cases instituted against senior police officers of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police and above in order to determine their culpability or otherwise.

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“The FDC which comprises the seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police as arbiters and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Force Secretary as its Secretary, began its session on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and will hold till Friday, July 1, 2022,” part of the statement read.

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