The Nigeria Police Force has said that Divisional Police Officers and Commanders will be held responsible for the misuse of power by junior officers.
The acting Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who shared this on his verified Twitter account condemned extortion by some officers and stated that the Force will take drastic steps against erring officers.
Nigeria has been faced with multiple police corruption that has affected the youths most of all. In 2020, some Nigerian youths protested against police brutality and extortion.
Adejobi said this new development will curb the menace of extortion and police brutality.
The tweet read, “In a bid to reduce or possibly put a stop to extortion, harassment, and brutality in the NPF, we will henceforth hold DPOs and Commanders responsible for the misdeeds of their men.
“In as much as we don’t promote vicarious liability, we have equally noticed that some superiors fail or lack the willingness and/or wherewithal to supervise and manage their men.
“This leadership gap is not in tune with the leadership styles of the IGP and his repositioning drives, thus, counterproductive and condemnable.”