The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that officers and men of the force dress in uniform whenever they are on highway patrol duty.
The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ajisafe Olowookere (Ondo-APC) at the plenary on Thursday.
Olowookere said being properly dressed was necessary to prevent identity crisis and also portray the force as a disciplined organisation.
He said the uniform was equally important given the worrisome spate of insecurity in the country, with spiralling incidents of kidnappings and armed robberies on the highways.
However, in his contribution, Rep. Nkem Abonta (Abia-PDP), said policemen were sometimes victims of attacks and kidnapping, hence the need to dress in mufti.
He added that sometimes men of the force would need to undertake undercover operations which required them to wear mufti.
Abonta also stated that it was necessary that the House found out the reason some policemen on highway duties avoid proper uniform.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Police Affairs to ensure that police authorities heeded the call.topics from