Suicide: IG orders senior police officers to help lower ranks


The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has raised concern over the growing numbers of low-ranking policemen committing suicide.

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Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, comprising Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, who spoke of the IG’s concern over the trend during an interactive session with the rank and file of the Bayelsa State command, said Idris had directed senior officers to turn the tide by supporting their subordinates.

Adamu said, “The IGP has asked us to now get close to our officers as well as the rank and file to know what their problems are because the level of suicide within the police is getting higher. Police officers are killing themselves without us knowing what their problems are.”

The AIG urged his men to be conscious of their appearances and conducts, saying: “Your appearance matters too. If you appear haggard and dirty, the public sizes you up and disrespects you. If you ask for bribe from the members of the public, they will not respect you. When you ask, they might give, but after leaving, they will curse you and tell you it shall not be well with you.”

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