The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has ordered that all policemen bearing firearms in the line of duty must now undergo psychological test and evaluation.
The test and evaluation to be conducted by medical doctors of the Nigeria Police across the country, is to ensure that the policemen are mentally and emotionally fit to discharge their duties.
This move by Mr. Arase follows the rising cases of extrajudicial killings of unarmed and innocent citizens by some policemen across the country.
A statement by the Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police Olabisi Kolawole on Thursday said the exercise is aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by Policemen, as well as protecting the public whom the Police has the constitutional duty to serve, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.
“The IGP disclosed that the central purpose of this exercise is to offer mental health recommendations that can help restore an officer to job fitness and deploy such Policeman to appropriate section he/she is fit to work.
“IGP Arase has, therefore, directed all Police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all Policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months, noting that if any Police officer has a psychological condition or impairment unattended, will impact negatively on the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force”, the statement said.