Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has said that the kidnapping of police officers in recent times was an embarrassment to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Addressing the monthly meeting with senior police officer, Commissioner of Police and above, yesterday in Abuja, Idris decried the kidnapping of the Divisional Police Officer attached to the Sarkin Pawa Police Division in Munya local government area of Niger state, Amos Ali, his orderly and four others, on October 16.
It would be recalled that an Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP) serving in Zamfara state, Mr Emmanuel Adeniyi, was reportedly kidnapped by on September 28.
Similarly, a yet to be ascertained number of police women were also abducted alongside 16 women said to have been abducted by suspected Boko Haram members in an ambush on travellers along Maiduguri-Dambao Road on June 22.
The police boss directed Command CPs to instruct DPOs, heads of formation to be careful with their movement as well as to deploy police personnel to identified flash points as it sends signal that the police are on ground.
While tasking the police officers to take their personal security seriously, the IGP Idris urged them to always adequately access the security situation in their areas of responsibility in order to avoid such ugly incidents.
The police boss, who said the rate of kidnapping and other crimes had reduced across the country because of the dedication of officers and men of the Force, said the major challenge before the Police was the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 18.
While assuring that the election would be incident-free, he said the police would deploy massively, noting that 17 units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) has already been deplored to the South-east and all commands would be involved in further deployment to Anambra state to ensure peaceful election.