The Nigeria Police Force emphasized that officers conducting stop-and-search duties should wear uniforms with visible name tags. The Force Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, conveyed this directive via a post on his social media account.
Adejobi addressed a video where plainclothes policemen stopped a driver on Lekki-Epe Express Way, stating that the officers were identified and are under investigation by AIG Zone 2 Lagos. He reiterated that proper attire is essential for officers during routine patrol or stop-and-search to ensure accountability and prevent misconduct.
“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,” Adejobi said.
He added that “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.”
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