OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has asked officers of the Nigerian Police to dress properly in uniforms in order to be properly identified, especially when on patrol of the nation’s highways.
Consequently, it mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate why policemen dress inappropriately on highways after adopting a motion sponsored by Mr. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims (APC, Kogi ) during plenary on Thursday.
Explaining the motion, Halims expressed concern that “the policemen on highways patrol appear differently from one checkpoint to another as some do not wear any means of identification such as names tag, uniforms, berets, boots, which makes it difficult for citizens to identify them, therefore, on occasions, mistaking them for armed robbers.”
According to him, some of the vehicles used by the policemen on highway patrols are neither properly painted in Nigeria Police colour or properly numbered, thereby not providing a clear means of ascertaining the division they belong to.
“Because of the uncertainty, men of the underworld often take advantage of the situation to ambush unsuspecting Nigerians on the highways and rob them of their valuables, inflicting untold fear and sufferings and sometimes killing or kidnapping innocent people.
“If proper uniforms with identification tags are made compulsory for policemen on patrol and their patrol vehicles properly numbered, it would be easier for motorists and other road users to clearly differentiate miscreants from legitimate officers on highway patrol duties,” he said.
The House committee is expected to report its findings to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.