NewsOne Nigeria reports that the Lagos State Police Command has dismissed 10 personnel for offences ranging from murder, discreditable conduct, excessive use of power, corrupt practices, and negligence.
The development was contained in a statement on Wednesday which said 81 personnel were tried for various criminal and disciplinary offences that were committed between October 2019 and October 2020.
The statement read, “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,” it stated.
According to the statement by the NPF, 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 continued.
Hakeem Odumosu, the state Commissioner of Police, 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.
The state Commissioner of Police 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.