Mohammed Adamu, the acting Inspector-General of Police, has threatened to sanction Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands over non-performance of duty.
Adamu gave the warning at a meeting with officers on the rank of commissioner and above on Thursday in Abuja.
“I charge you all as you return to your various commands to renew your sense of commitment to duty and demonstrate requisite professional leadership needed to roll back the trend of crimes in your commands,” Adamu said.
He challenged them to adopt new strategies and approaches to fight crime in their respective commands.
“You must learn to harness the strength within to neutralize all forms of crimes and security threats.
“The only way we can stay ahead of criminals is to continually generate actionable criminal intelligence to support our ant-crime functions,” he added.
The police boss further said the only way to achieve the target was for the commissioners to cultivate partnership and confidence achievable by returning policing to the people.
He said while some of the commissioners have done well, some have been found wanting.
Adamu said that the current security challenges in the country had made nonperformance unacceptable to the force.
He stated that the leadership of the force would strive to support and motivate them to effectively discharge their duty.
The police boss noted that it was the duty of personnel of the force to find solution to the current security challenges in the country.
“The threats appear challenging but I can assure you that they are surmountable and we shall provide the requisite leadership needed to address them,” he added.
“We, however, cannot do it alone. We seek the citizens’ supports and we trust that you shall all partner with us to present a common front in the war against criminals”.
According to Adamu, “Operation Puff Adder ” was conceptualise to further complement the functions of the commissioners at the commands.
He said that the initiative, which was launched on April 5, was yielding results with the arrest of 46 suspects, rescue of two victims and killing of 10 suspects.
He alleged that some traditional rulers in Zamfara were also involved the mining business that had contributed to the security problems in the state.
The IGP also said the meeting was to review the progress so far made by the initiative, in response to the resurgence of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and other heinous crimes in the country.