23rd February, 2012
The Police in Delta have urged members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) not to succumb to demand for money by officers on the road.
Alhaji Mamman Tsafe, the Delta Commissioner of Police gave the advice on Wednesday in Asaba when he met with the union to sensitise its members on the on-going police transformation agenda.
Tsafe said that in the transformation agenda of the police, both the NURTW and the force were stakeholders.
He said that the fight against corruption in the police had become imperative because of the negative perception of Nigerians about most police officers in the country.
The commissioner urged the union members to report all acts of misconduct by officers on the road to the appropriate authorities.
Tsafe also said that they should seek redress if the officers insisted on collecting money from them on the road.
He disclosed that the present leadership of the Nigeria Police does not want a continuation of bribing of officers of the force hence the sensitisation.
The commissioner further said that the sensitisation process was taken to the union because the members were the most culpable.
He said that union members must at all time show credibility and maturity.
Responding, Mr. Anthony Igwebuike, Assistant State Secretary of the union gave assurance that the union would cooperate in carrying out the instruction.
Igwebuike said that the decision to transform the image of the Nigeria Police was a step in the right direction.
He also said that the NURTW and the police were brothers who seldom fight but often negotiated to reach compromise.
In another development the Police in Delta have been talking to its officers and men on the ills of corruption and other vices.
Tsafe said that the sensitisation was in line with the directives of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.
He said that the sensitisation became necessary because of the bad conduct of some police officers.
The police commissioner said that the Nigeria Police had become the subject of public ridicule and condemnation, adding that the sensitisation would encourage the personnel to have a change of attitude.
He said that the reputation of the police would begin with mode of dressing of an officer; his conduct and accessibility to members of the public.
Tsafe said that a good police force would eventually lead to a good society, adding that men and officers of the police should prepare for transformation intended by the new helmsman.
He advised the officers to imbibe discipline or they would be flushed out as quality was paramount to the effectiveness of the envisaged police for the nation.
He stressed that the demand for gratification was low as N20 by officers of the force was unethical and called on all the officers to shun the tendency.