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The acting Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Monitoring satellite offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt over complaints by Nigerians of harassment and operating beyond their briefs.

According to PUNCH, he also banned the unit from undertaking criminal investigations, including taking over of cases from state commands.

According to him, under the current dispensation, the unit will only operate within their original mandate, which was to investigate complaints of alleged professional infractions against serving officers.

Speaking at his maiden meeting with Command Police Commissioners and Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in Abuja on Thursday, Baba said the IGP Monitoring Unit would be re-organised.

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The development is coming 24 hours after the Police Service Commission Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, asked the IGP to check the proliferation of police investigating units.

The commission stated that the units were bringing huge embarrassment to the force.

“The repositioning initiatives are being worked out in relation to other ad hoc investigative units in the force, and the goal of these initiatives is to restore professionalism, address citizens’ concerns on rights abuses resulting from the existence and operations of the ad hoc investigation units,’’ the IGP noted.

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“I must re-emphasise that the major task ahead of us is to address secession threats, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and sundry violent crimes in the shortest possible time.”

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