The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed seven police officers for gross misconduct.
The commission also approved the demotion of 10 other officers.
In a statement, PSC’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.
He noted that Justice Ogunbiyi “considered all the Pending Disciplinary Matters (PDM) before the Commission totalling 47 and also treated some appeals from dismissed Police Officers”.
The dismissed officers include a CSP, one SP and five ASPs, adding that one SP also retired in public interest.
“The commission also reduced the ranks of a CSP to SP, three SPs to DSP, and two DSPs to ASPs, and reduced the ranks of four ASPs to Inspectors.
“10 senior police officers, including an ACP, a CSP, an SP, two DSPs, and five ASPs, were given the punishment of severe reprimand.”
Of the 13 police officers that received the punishment of reprimand, two were to receive letters of warning, while four were exonerated.
According to Ani, Justice Ogunbiyi noted that 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 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.”