The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has been directed by the House of Representatives to ensure that officers and men of the Force dress properly in uniform to prevent identity crisis and portray the force as a disciplined organisation.
The written motion was moved by Rep. Ajisafe Olowookere (Ondo-APC), and was unanimously adopted at the plenary on Thursday.
Olowookere said that the Police is a regimented organisation that has official uniform and a dress code.
He said being properly dressed was important to portray the force as a disciplined organisation, and prevent identity crisis, given the worrisome increase of insecurity in the country, with continuous incidents of kidnappings and armed robberies on the highways.
Olowookere said the practice of policemen on highway patrol wearing civilian dress constitutes an embarrassment, both to the force and the nation.
The lawmaker stated that it was necessary to deploy policemen on highways to curtail crimes, but insisted that they must be dressed in uniform.
He said unsuspecting motorists could fall victim to armed men since they cannot distinguish between the robbers and policemen in mufti.
Rep. Nkem Abonta (Abia-PDP), in his contribution, said policemen would need to dress in mufti to take on an undercover operation.
He added that policemen were sometimes victims of attacks and kidnapping, and to prevent it, they need to dress in mufti.
Abonta also stated that it was necessary that the House found out the reason some policemen on highway duties avoid proper uniform.
He said the House would be shocked to discover that some policemen would not have received uniforms in the past five years in spite of budgetary allocation.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Police Affairs to ensure that police authorities heeded the call.