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Indiscipline: Police Dismiss Seven Senior Officers, Demote Ten

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed seven senior police officers and also demoted ten others who were found guilty of gross misconduct.

The action was taken during the continuation of the 15th plenary meeting of the Commission which is expected to come to an end on Thursday, October 6th, 2022.

During the meeting, presided over by the Commission’s acting chairman, Clara Ogunbiyi, all its Pending Disciplinary Matters (PDM) will be considered.

Ikechukwu Ani, the spokesman of the commission, while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting in Abuja, explained that the dismissed officers include: 1 CSP, 1 SP and 5 ASPs.

He said the Commission reduced the ranks of 1 CSP to SP, 3 SPs to DSP, and 2 DSPs to ASPs while one SP was also retired in the public interest.

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He explained that 4 ASPs were reduced to the ranks of Inspectors by the Commission, stressing that 10 senior Police Officers, including an ACP, a CSP, an SP and 2 DSPs were given the punishment of severe reprimand.

He said, “Five ASPs were also awarded the punishment of severe reprimand.”

The spokesman added that 13 officers received the punishment of reprimand; 2 are to receive letters of warning while 4 officers were exonerated from all accusations.

Quoting Justice Ogunbiyi, he said, “The acting Chairman, said the Commission would henceforth give the desired attention to pending disciplinary matters so that those found guilty are punished immediately, while those found not guilty are cleared to continue with their career progression.

“Justice Ogunbiyi called on police officers to ensure they operate within established rules and avoid taking laws into their own hands.

“She said the Commission will continue to work to sustain a professional Police Force that operates in line with the established rules and regulations and in conformity with international best practices.”

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