The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu has launched the reviewed force order 237, which has to do with the use of force and firearms.
The new order which was reviewed in collaboration with the international committee of the red cross stipulates new guidelines for the use of firearms by officers and men of the Nigerian police.
He made the unveiling at a conference with senior police officers in Abuja.
In his speech at the conference Mr Adamu stressed that the step is to check the issues of excessive use of force by policemen.
“The Nigeria Police under our watch, will not only continually emplace strategies that are potent enough to deal with the emerging trends of crime, we are determined to attain this mandate within the dictates of rule of law, uncompromising respect for human rights, and best global policing practices. In this regard, it will be recalled that I have at various fora confirmed our determination to adopt less-lethal approaches and equipment in our policing duties.
“This is with the intention of ensuring that the sacred lives of the citizens whom we swore to serve and protect are not endangered in the line of our duties.
“It is in furtherance to this that I initiated actions towards the acquisition and deployment of electro-muscular disruption technology-based weaponry which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for low-risk police operations.
“In addition, special trainings are being organised for the Special Units of the Police including the Police Mobile Force, Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Anti-Robbery detachments, Anti-Kidnapping Squads and the Criminal Investigation Operatives.”