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Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Yahaya Abubakar, who has been newly assigned to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos State, assumed his duties on Monday and wasted no time in setting expectations.

SP Oluniyi Ogundeyi, the department’s spokesperson, confirmed the assumption of duty to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Ogundeyi stated that Abubakar took over from Mr. Frank Mba, who has been promoted to Deputy Inspector-General of Police.

Ogundeyi reported that Abubakar held a meeting with the heads of sections within the FCID, where he made it clear that no FCID personnel should engage in stop-and-search duties or anti-crime patrols. Such tasks are to be handled by uniformed personnel from the state and zonal commands.

The AIG emphasized the importance of professionalism in evidence-based investigation and the prosecution of criminal cases. He instructed officers to refrain from human rights violations, illegal arrests and detentions, extortions, and other forms of misconduct. Regular inspections of detention centers were also mandated to ensure compliance.

Abubakar called for unity among all officers and staff within the department to strengthen and maintain the department’s track record of achievements. He directed heads of sections and units to strictly adhere to the policy guidelines of the police force.

In addition, Abubakar urged officers to refrain from involving themselves in civil matters, particularly those related to land disputes that fall within the jurisdiction of civil courts. Petitions must be vetted by the legal unit to filter out civil matters, and all petitions addressed to the department require approval from the AIG before being assigned for investigation.

To ensure timely progress, Abubakar instructed that officers and staff must submit investigation reports promptly. Case officers and sectional heads are required to submit interim reports within seven days of receiving a petition.

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