Too Much Stress Cause Firearms Misuse – IG

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has blamed misuse of firearms and extra-judicial killings by policemen to stress associated with work and emotional conditions which destabilizes their rationality.

He directed police personnel to go back to the traditional eight-hour work shift from the current 12-hour daily shift.

Adamu Speaking in a Conference of Medical Officers in Abuja, stated that from now on, no police officer should be allowed to perform any duty exceeding eight hours within a space of 24 hours except on the condition of a local or national emergency.

The IG has ordered for a quick shift in duty structure of the Nigeria Police which is currently a 12-hour, two-shift system should be returned to the traditional eight hours, three-shift standard.

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He further tasked the medical officers to complement the leadership of the Nigeria Police by ensuring a healthy work-life for police officers.

He stressed that, if medical status police officers are not managed, it could engender unprofessional reactions with fatal consequences to the affected police personnel and members of the public.

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