The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Adamu Mohammed, has warned police personnel against extra-judicial killing and other activities that go against the mandate of the force.
Mohammed gave the warning on Monday when he visited the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, following the recent cases of extra-judicial killings recorded in the state.
“Recently, we have had some overzealous officers who went out of their way in the course of performing their duties; they shot a lady and she died and we felt that that is not acceptable,” the police boss was quoted as saying in a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Mr Habib Aruna.
“It is unbecoming and I had to come down to talk to officers and men to remind them of their duties and to tell them that anybody that goes out of his way to commit extra-judicial killing, such a person is on his own and he has to face the wrath of the law.
“In this particular case, the officers that were involved have been arrested; they have been tried in our internal way of dealing with such issue and at the same time, they would be charged to court.”
The IGP said it was on record that police officers in the state have been performing creditably well.
He, however, decried the activities of those he said were a few unscrupulous ones denting the good work of others.
The police boss commended Governor Ambode for his support to the command and other security agencies in Lagos, saying many successes have been recorded in keeping the state safe.
Responding, Governor Ambode commended the IGP for taking it upon himself to promptly address the extra-judicial killings in the state personally.
He said the visit showed responsiveness and seriousness with which the issue was being handled by the police boss.