Security personnel have been advised to exercise restraints in the discharge of their duties by respecting human dignity, as this would enhance harmonious relationship with members of the public.
The Director of Legal Services, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr. Abdulazeez Ajidele, gave the advice at a training workshop tagged, “Right and Privileges of Operatives in Ogun State,’’ organized by TRACE, Ota Divisional Command.
Ajidele said though security personnel were vested with power, they must not be intoxicated with it, as their major duty was to protect lives and ensure that peace reign in the society.
“Officers must respect human rights and perform their duties under the ambit of the law or constitution. Law enforcement officers should desist from creating impediments as a platform to extort people, the uniform does not give you the right to create infractions.
‘’We should not take a life that we cannot create for any reason. We should save lives and also ensure the reign of peace in the society because we receive our salaries from tax payer money,” Ajidele submitted.
He called for sharing of adequate information, mutual respect and regular capacity building, saying this would engender co-operation and synergy among security agencies for optimal performances.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Ota Commander, TRACE, Ajibade Adekunle, said the workshop was organized to expose security agents, who have direct dealing with members of the public, to know the dos and don’ts of their job.
In attendance at the event were officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Navy, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), Vigilante Service of Ogun (VSO), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service, the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others.