Police officers of Lagos State Command are to undergo training on emotional intelligence in a view to find out why they are indiscriminately killing innocent citizens and to enhance their capability on inter personal relationship.
This is just as policemen in the state have been warned to desist from unwarranted arrests of people with dreadlocks or tattoo.
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Zubairu Muazu, dropped the hint yesterday, at a breakfast meeting with Stakeholder Forum on Police Accountability, at Alausa, Ikeja area of the state.
The training became necessary, following the indiscriminate and unprofessional manner policemen were accused of handling matters. Among these, were the killings of three Lagosians by policemen, recently.
The training on emotional intelligence according to Muazu, would address the misdemeanor of policemen and at the same time, expose reasons why some policemen behaved the way they did.
Expressing disappointment over the killings of innocent and defenseless Lagosians, since he assumed office, Muazu, disclosed that three police men so far dismissed for murder, were presently in prison custody.
According to him, “Cases of wanton killing is not acceptable. There seems to be no response from any quarter on the killings before now. But the administration of this present Inspector-General of Police , Mohammed Adamu, will not condone any of such act. He has already warned that no policeman in Nigeria that engages in such misdemeanor will go scot- free.
“To address this, we are working hard on training and re-training of policemen. I just approved training on emotional intelligence. The behavior of our men is unimaginable. We have identified that as a problem and have got people to train them on this . We want to know what is happening to our policemen and why they behave the way they do”.
On the arrest of persons with dreadlocks and tattoo, he said, “ We have been emphasizing to our policemen that not everybody with dreads lock and tatoo are cultists. Such type of unnecessary arrest will not be tolerated”.