IGP releases new e-mail address for the public
As part of efforts by the police management team to promote access to justice, transparency and accountability in matters relating to policing and general crime fighting, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has approved the release of a new email address that will enable members of the public to communicate directly with his office. The new e-mail address is email@example.com.
The use of this email address, it is advised, should be under the following circumstances: when providing information on the activities of criminal groups, terror gangs or other forms of organised crimes, such as armed robbery, kidnapping, human trafficking, advanced fee fraud, arms trafficking.
Others include when reporting cases of breach of public peace or imminent breach of public peace and when providing information relating to ongoing criminal investigations by the police and other law enforcement agencies.
In a statement by the deputy force public relations officer (PPRO), Mr Frank Mba, the IGP noted that the potential users of the e-mail should ensure the integrity of their information. He advised that users should be guided by the virtue of patriotism, selflessness and ultimate service to the community, taking steps to ensure that they act in good faith at all times.
He, however, warned that established cases of deliberate falsehood or intentional misrepresentation of facts might attract reprimand and in extreme cases, outright prosecution in courts of law.
According to him, it was the belief of the IGP that the effective use of the new e-mail address would help in checkmating excesses of law enforcement personnel, encourage free flow of information between the public and police managers and ultimately promote efficiency and better service delivery.