Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Police has dismissed 10 personnel and and 7 others. The Command also reduced 18 of the men in ranks and 29 were awarded #10-naira major entries and warning letters accordingly.
Others were awarded extra fatigue while sixteen (16) of the men were discharged and acquitted for want of evidence.
In a statement, Police Public Relations Officer Lagos State Command SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the development is in its bid to promote discipline and core values of policing in Lagos State.
Adejobi said the Police Command has also tried 81 personnel for various criminal and disciplinary offences that were committed between October 2019 and October 2020, ranging from murder, discreditable conducts, excessive use of power, corrupt practices and negligence.
“The command has dismissed and prosecuted seven (7), while ten (10) personnel were dismissed. In addition, eighteen (18) of the men were reduced in ranks and twenty-nine (29) were awarded #10 naira major entries and warning letters accordingly. Others were awarded extra fatigue while sixteen (16) of the men were discharged and acquitted for want of evidence.
“The personnel that were tried in the orderly room proceedings conducted at various locations in Lagos State included fourty five (45) Inspectors, twenty nine (29) and seven (7) Corporals. Similarly, some senior officers of the command have been queried for various disciplinary offences and the queries are being processed at the Force Headquarters Abuja for necessary action and punishments,” He said.
Adejobi further stated that some of the affected personnel were attached to Lagos State Police Command while others were serving at various police formations within Lagos State. He said the trials were instituted based on series of complaints/allegations leveled against them.
The Police Public Relations Officer PRO said according to the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations, punishments are awarded according to the magnitude of offences committed by police personnel.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has deemed it necessary to inform the general public on the steps being taken by the command to sanitise its workforce in order to change the general perception that Lagos State Police Command and the entire police force, in particular, condone indiscipline and crimes.
Adejobi said the police boss reiterated that police personnel are held accountable for their actions and inactions. He therefore appeals to the general public to report any misconduct of police personnel to appropriate authorities as such will be treated accordingly and justice will be done.
He said the CP charges officers and men of the command to be thorough and professional in their day-to-day activities and assures them of reform and better standards in the police as being championed by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Muhammed Abubakar Adamu