The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday approved the dismissal of seven senior police officers and exonerated four others of gross misconduct.
Spokesman of the PSC, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, stated in Abuja that the Commission also demoted 10 officers.
He added that the decisions were reached at the on-going 15th plenary meeting of the Commission.
The meeting, presided over by retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, considered all the 47 pending disciplinary matters before the commission and treated some appeals from dismissed police officers.
Ani listed those dismissed as one Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), one Superintendent of Police (SP) and five Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP), while another SP was retired in public interest.
According to him, the Commission demoted one CSP to SP; three SPs to Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs); two DSPs to ASPs and four ASPs to Inspectors.
He added that 10 senior police officers, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), one CSP, one SP and two DSPs were given the punishment of “severe reprimand’’.
Ani stated also that five ASPs were also awarded the punishment of “severe reprimand’’ while 13 Officers were given the punishment of “reprimand’’. Two others received warning letters while four were exonerated.
He stated that Justice Ogunbiyi pledged to give desired attention to pending disciplinary matters to ensure that those found guilty were punished immediately while innocent ones were allowed to continue with their career progression.
Ogunbiyi charged police officers to operate within established rules and avoid taking laws into their hands, Ani added. (NAN)