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IGP bans casual dressing for officers on duty

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has ordered all police officers on duty to wear approved uniforms for easy identification.

A statement posted on the agency’s official handle on Friday evening said the IGP banned the habit of wearing only t-shirts and face caps on officers while on patrol and guard, stop and search, and other routine police operations. 

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, FDC, has expressed dismay at the flagrant violation of the approved Nigeria Police Force dress code by officers on patrol and guard, stop and search, and other routine police operations who have formed the habit of wearing t-shirts and face caps with “Special Forces”, “Commando”, “Gallant MOPOL”, “SCORPION”, and other inscriptions while on duty,” the statement read.

According to the IGP, the development is unacceptable as he lamented that uniforms, which is a means of identification, have been abused by officers who engage in improper dressing.

The development, he said, has created fear in the minds of Nigerians.

The IGP, therefore, mandated police disciplinary units to enforce the new directive.

He equally warned that all supervisory officers would be held vicariously liable in the event that personnel under their command violate this order.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino