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… set to launch e-Warrant cards for standardised identification 

One hundred and thirty senior Police officers from the rank of Assistant Superintendent are appearing before the Force Disciplinary Committee (FDC) which started sitting at Force Headquarters, Abuja last Tuesday and will round off on Friday.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent Olumuyiwa Adejobi indicated that the committee would review disciplinary cases instituted against senior police officers to determine their culpability or otherwise.

The FDC comprises the seven Deputy Inspectors-General as arbiters and the Assistant Inspector-General (Force Secretary) as its secretary.

The officers with pending disciplinary matters include two Commissioners, three Assistant Commissioners, 11 Chief Superintendents, 19 Superintendents, 18 Deputy Superintendents and 77 Assistant Superintendents.

The FDC will make recommendations to the Police Service Commission.

The Inspector-General, Usman Alkali Baba expressed confidence in the Deputy Inspectors-General overseeing the FDC to ensure dispensation of justice in all causes. He assured that the Force is committed to cleaning up its house for a more professional and citizens-focused policing system.

The IGP also announced that the Nigeria Police Force would soon launch a digital solution to ensure standardisation and upgrade of the Force identification system, to be known as e-Warrant card.

The card would provide seamless identification of officers all over the country as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal elements presenting fake identity cards at police stations and personating themselves to be police officers.

The project is being executed by Police ICT experts attached to the Department of Information and Communication Technology in the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

It is expected to bring about full digitalisation of police identification nationwide and provide a valid basis for effecting arrests with warrants in line with extant laws, among other benefits attached of e-warrant cards.

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