Police Cautions Public against Misuse of Emergency Hotlines

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the spokesperson for The Force, has called on citizens to refrain from misusing the emergency numbers provided by the Nigeria Police Force.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi
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Adejobi made this disclosure during an interview on Miliki 101.3 radio station in Lagos. When questioned about the status of the emergency numbers for each state command and whether they were still operational, he confirmed that all the numbers were indeed functional.

However, he pointed out that a significant number of citizens tend to misuse these emergency numbers, emphasizing that such misuse is inappropriate.

“When citizens dial emergency numbers, they use them for the wrong cause. When you call the numbers that robbery is happening somewhere, you do not have to ask me, the welfare of my family. You are not expected to ask about the police recruitment process on the numbers.

“You cannot call to wish me happy celebrations. It is not meant for that, it is an emergency line. You cannot be asking for directives on how to fill your details on the police portal.

“Many citizens misuse the emergency service, and it infuriates those assigned to respond to calls at that desk”, he said.

The spokesperson clarified that there was a difference between the operations of customer care attendants, and those police officers at the control unit.

“Let me say this here, we are not customer care attendants, especially those network service providers. Those ones cannot cut off your calls. If you call the police control room, and you are talking too much, or off point, they will abort it. They are at their duty posts, we are not customer care attendants. That will be tolerating your shenanigans.

“If you call the police emergency numbers, and you are blabbering, the officers in charge will cut off. That is not what they are there for.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Haruna Garba, cautioned callers, urging them not to inquire about his family during emergency calls. He said, "Many individuals abuse it, that it is what is making it look as if, the numbers are not functioning."

According to reports, Commissioner Haruna Garba disclosed his dismay over unidentified individuals providing the command's emergency numbers to loan shark companies to secure loans. He also explain that non-state actors have also been utilizing the emergency lines.

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