- The Lagos state police command is taking the issue of discipline among its personnel serious
- This has been the watchword of the command since the assumption of the state commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal
- Three policemen attached to Amukoko division have been shown the way out of the force by the command
Three policemen attached to Amukoko division of the Lagos state police command have been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
This was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, January 13, by the command's spokesman, SP Chike Oti.
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The names and service numbers of the dismissed policemen are given as follows:
1. Sergeant Osaseri Saturday (25759)
2. Sergeant Segun Okun (359075) and
3. Corporal Adekunle Oluwarotimi (496833)
The statement said they have been tried and dismissed from the NPF for breaching the rules of engagement and reckless application of firearms.
They were said to have committed the offence on Thursday, January 11 at Ifelodun street, Amukoko, Lagos state when they responded with bullets fired from their weapons at some youths alleged to have hurled some non ballistic missiles at them.
The gunshots was said to have led to the death of one of the youths and injured another..
Legit.ng gathered that they were arrested, detained and tried on the orders of the commissioner of police, Lagos state, Edgal Imohimi.
“The guilty verdict was passed on them by the adjudicating officer who considered that the officers did not appreciate the situation critically and ought not to have applied the maximum force on the unruly youths,” the statement said.
The statement said the officers will be charged to court next week, while a duplicate copy of their case file would be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution( DPP) for legal advice.
Meanwhile, CP Imohimi has directed all the area commanders and divisional police officers in the state to warn their men against misapplication of force, adding that officers must abide by the Rules of Engagement as stipulated in Force Order 237.
In another development, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced plans to retire 577 of its officers, barely one week after it promoted three officers to management level and redeployed eight others.
In a circular signed by Sulaiman MSJ, comptroller establishments, the NCS listed the names of all officers expected to go for statutory retirement in the year 2018.
The circular stated that the affected officers are to be disengaged either on the basis of mandatory 60 years of age or 35 years in service, in line with the civil service rules.
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