The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Solomon Arase, has warned policemen against the use of force or extra-judicial means in carrying out their constitutional mandate.
Arase gave the warning while inaugurating the ultra-modern Nigeria police forensic laboratory and digital resource centre in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Let me remind you that modern policing is no longer by power, might or extra-judicial means.
“It is driven by application of technology, forensic science, intelligence and above all, citizens’ consent.
“The asset being commission today is a traditional scientific investigation tool of police departments all over the world,“ he said.
He said that with the inauguration of the centre, the force had equipped officers with the vital tool to guide their operations.
“You now have no excuse to operate in an unprofessional manner, “he said.
He said that biometric support to policing was not only a source of police intelligence, but also an aid to successful investigation and prosecution of criminal elements.
Arase noted that the police had over the years grappled with weak forensic capacity in managing complex criminal situations.
He said that the centre was designed to bridge this capacity gap in the force in relation to forensic assets.
Arase said that the facility would complement the existing forensic laboratory in Lagos.
He added that the centre had the capacity for accessing over five million law enforcement research materials such as journals and reports.
Earlier, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of (FCIID), Mr Christopher Katso, said the facility would facilitate prompt prosecution of cases by the police.
He said that it would also compliment similar platforms established by the force, adding that it would reduce the hardship associated with the operations of the force.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that from the centre, officers can conduct research from any aspect of policing through the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID)