The Police Service Commission has approved the dismissal of seven senior police officers for gross misconduct.
The PSC also approved the reduction in rank of ten other officers.
The decisions were taken at the ongoing 15th Plenary Meeting of the Commission which is expected to end on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
The dismissed officers comprise one Chief Superintendent of Police, a Superintendent of Police and five Assistant Superintendents of Police. A Superintendent of Police was also retired in the public interest.
A statement by the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said the meeting was presided over by Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, JSC (retd.) and considered all the pending disciplinary matters before the commission totalling 47; and also treated some appeals from dismissed police officers.
The statement added, “The Commission reduced the ranks of one Chief Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police, three Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendents of Police and two Deputy Superintendents of Police to Assistant Superintendents of Police.
The Commission further reduced the ranks of four Assistant Superintendents of Police to Inspectors.
“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 also given 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 statement quoted the acting Chairman as saying 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.