Police dismiss nine senior officers, demote six for misconduct
The Police Service Commission(PSC) has approved with immediate effect the dismissal of nine senior Police officers for gross misconduct. It also approved the demotion of six officers over different cases of misconduct.
In a statement on Tuesday, the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani stated that this was part of the outcome of the 5th plenary meeting of the Commission which held in Abuja on March 26 and 27, presided over by its Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police(IGP).
The commission also reprimand five officers for various offences. However, Austin Agbonlahor, a Commissioner of Police was exonerated.
The statement read in part, “Those dismissed were Abdul Ahmed, a Superintendent of Police(SP) who will be prosecuted; Another SP, Adamu Abare, had his promotion from SP to Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) withdrawn before his dismissal.”
Others who were also dismissed include Deputy Superintendents of Police(DSPs) Osondu Christian, Samson Ahmidu and Pius Timiala, who would also be prosecuted. The statement said their promotion from Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP) to Superintendent of Police(SP) has been withdrawn.
Four Assistant Superintendents of Police(ASPs) were also dismissed for various offences. They are Agatha Usman, Esther Yahaya, Idris Shehu and Usman Dass.
“Oluwatoyin Adesope and Mansir Bako had their rank reduced from SP to DSP while Gbenle Mathew; Tijani Saifullahi; Sadiq Idris and Alice Abbah were demoted from DSP to ASP,” the Commission stated.
The Commission further requested the acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu to furnish it with information on the punishment meted out to other officers mentioned in the Police Investigation Report involving Abare with regards to irregularities in the conduct of the 2011 recruitment exercise.
The commission added that the decisions has been transmitted to the IGP for implementation through a letter signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Nnamdi Mbaeri.