No fewer than 10 police officers have been sacked by the Lagos State Police Command for offences ranging from murder, discreditable conduct, excessive use of power, corrupt practices, and negligence.
Naija News reports that this was disclosed in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, where it added that 18 police officers were demoted while 29 others were issued a warning.
According to the statement which was issued on Wednesday said 81 personnel were tried for various criminal and disciplinary offences that were committed between October 2019 and October 2020.
The statement reads as thus; “In its bid to promote discipline and core values of policing in Lagos State, the Police Command has 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 while 10 personnel were dismissed.
“In addition, eighteen of the men were reduced in ranks and twenty-nine were awarded #10 naira major entries and warning letters accordingly. Others were awarded extra fatigue while sixteen 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 45 Inspectors, 29 and seven 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.”
According to the Lagos spokesman, some of the affected personnel were attached to Lagos State Police Command while others were serving at various police formations within Lagos State.
“The trials were instituted based on series of complaints/allegations leveled against them.”
The statement added that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said steps are 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.
CP Odumosu appealed 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.