The Nigeria Police Force has ordered its officers on stop-and-search duties to be in uniform with their names clearly attached.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Police Public Relations Officer, said this in a post on his X handle on Monday, reacting to a video where four policemen in mufti flagged down a driver on Lekki-Epe Express Way.
They asked for his tinted permit, but he replied by seeking their identities, saying there was nothing to prove they were policemen.
In his response, Adejobi said the policemen “have been traced to Zone 2 and identified” and that “the AIG Zone 2 Lagos is investigating, while the PPRO Zone 2 will speak to it as soon as possible.”
The Force PRO said the NPF had ordered that any police officer on routine patrol or stop-and-search must be in uniform, properly dressed, and easily identified.
Adejobi said it is not ideal to be on patrol while in mufti, stating police officers behave unprofessionally when they know their identities are hidden and unknown.
He said, “You will recall that we have ordered and announced that any policeman embarking on routine patrol or stop and search must be in uniform, properly dressed, and easily identified. It’s not ideal to carry out a stop and search in mufti.
“The audacity to misbehave or carry out unprofessional conduct comes when you know your identity is hidden and unknown. I still reiterate that policemen on stop and search and routine patrol must be in uniform. That is the standard in the police.”
“policemen in mufti are supposed to be on surveillance or undercover and not to be seen with long-range guns or rifles.
“This is what our DPOs and HODs should emphasise and enforce to bring sanity and standardisation,” he added.