We can’t explain why many of our men are committing suicide – Nigerian Police force

The Nigerian Police Force is worried over the rising numbers of suicide cases among its officers across the country.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (IGP) Zone 5, Abubakar, Mohammed, lamented over the development.

He said recent statistics confirmed that more policemen are taking their own lives.

Mohammed said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has asked senior police officers to form closer relationships with their subordinates.

“The IGP has asked us to now go close to our officers as well as the rank and file.

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“He wants to know what their problems are because the level of suicide cases is getting higher.

“If you have family problems or in the office, it is very important to talk to your senior officer who will try to help you.

“I do not know why it is increasing. Whether it is because of family problems.

“But if you have any issues bothering you, talk to your immediate senior officers who will approach a more senior one to resolve it.

“The police need to relate more with members of the public and develop confidence in their minds without being compromised.

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“Many civilians are afraid that if they give police information, we will divulge the source of the information.

“When that is done, the confidence of the informant disappears and this will be detrimental to our crime fighting strategy.

“When you harass members of the public, you lose confidence.

“When you torture suspects, it creates problems between you and civil society in terms of human rights abuse”.

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“An intelligent police officer can deal with a suspect in a prescribed, acceptable manner rather than use coercive methods.

“In essence, you change your attitudes.

“The way you portray yourself will determine whether the person you are getting information from will help you,” Mohammed said.