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Police Service Commission dismisses 7, demotes 10 officers

The Police Service Commission has dismissed seven officers for gross misconduct and demoted ten others for a variety of other offences.

In a statement, the Commission’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said the disciplinary measures were taken against the officers at the ongoing 15th Plenary Meeting of the commission, which is expected to end on Thursday, October 6th.

The dismissed officers are: a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), a Superintendent of Police (SP), and five Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).

Subsequently, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, the Commission’s acting chairman, also retired a Superintendent of Police (SP) in the public interest.

According to Mr Ani, Justice Ogunbiyi “considered all the Pending Disciplinary Matters (PDM) before the Commission, totaling 47, and also treated some appeals from dismissed Police Officers”.

“The Commission reduced the ranks of one Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) to Superintendent of Police (SP), three Superintendents of Police (SP) to Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP), and two Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) to Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP). 

The Commission also reduced the ranks of four Assistant Superintendents of Police to Inspectors,” Mr Ani’s statement read.

In the same vein, ten senior Police Officers, including an Assistant Commissioner, a Chief Superintendent, a Superintendent, and two Deputy Superintendents were given the punishment of severe reprimand.

Five Assistant Superintendents were similarly awarded the punishment of severe reprimand.

“Thirteen Officers received the punishment of reprimand; two are to receive letters of warning while four officers were exonerated.”

The Commission, according to the statement, 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.

Mr Ani pledged 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.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor