Policemen now desert duty posts that are considered too risky or that will likely expose them to danger.
A senior police officer, who spoke to Daily Trust on the condition of anonymity said that the level of frustration among Policemen had never been so high.
He noted that it’s rare to see official cars on the road, adding that even the Police Commissioner more or less sneaks in and out of his office unannounced.
According to him, policemen are afraid to move freely on the road, while those who dared to report to work on a daily basis go to the office in mufti and only kit themselves when they get to their premises.
He said Everybody is looking for redeployment. “Even I, am ready to move if my redeployment letter comes today. Nobody uses a siren on the road in Imo again.
“It’s rare to see official cars on the road. Even the Police Commissioner more or less sneaks in and out of his office unannounced. Nobody is safe in this country”, he concluded.
Daily Trust correspondent who moved around Owerri metropolis for two days consecutively noticed the near absence of Policemen on the road.
It was gathered that at least seven Policemen in Imo State are facing an orderly room trial for leaving their duty posts without authorization.
The officers were said to have included six inspectors and a sergeant.
Police Spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu, was not available to speak on the development as his phones were off.
However, a senior Police officer at the CID unit of the Enugu Police Command said there is no evidence to show that the policemen in the command are requesting to be transferred outside the state following the increase in insecurity in the southeast zone where security personnel and their formations are targeted for attacks.