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19.09.2023 Featured Police Discipline 9 Officers for Misconduct, Violence

Published 19th Sep, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has instituted disciplinary actions against nine of its officers in two states.

The states involved are Kwara and Adamawa.

Six of the policemen were caught on camera assaulting and attempting to extort money from two people in Kwara State on September 13.

According to a statement issued by Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), on Tuesday, the officers involved in the extortion incident were already facing disciplinary actions at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The police spokesman further said the erring officers had been referred to the Force Provost Marshal where they would face disciplinary actions.

FIJ was able to obtain the first names of four out of the seven officers. They are D. G. Guma, Monday, Isaac and Sulaiman.

READ ALSO: After FIJ’s Intervention, Kwara Police Release Journalist With His Laptop

Adejobi had issued another statement on how the police was probing three of its men for misconduct in Adamawa State on Monday. The officers facing probe are Mubarak Idris, Ashiru Inusa and Hussain.

The officers were said to have been deployed to the Adamawa State University on September 4 and 5 to provide security during the convention and electoral process of the National Union of Adamawa State Students (NUADSS).

On getting to their place of assignment, however, they deviated from their line of duty to serve as marching escorts for a student union president.

Adejobi said the men would be referred to the Force Provost for disciplinary actions.

Both incidents highlight unprofessionalism and misconduct that have been the trademark of the Nigerian police in recent times. On many occasions, members of the public have taken to social media platforms to talk about several incidents of police assault and violence.

Despite FIJ’s many reports on cases of violence, extortion, abuse of power and general misconduct involving the police, unreported cases remain significantly high.

A week ago, a report was published on how policemen in Kwara State arrested a journalist for not providing a receipt for his personal laptop. He was only released after FIJ’s intervention. A week before that, FIJ also published a report on how criminal suspects bribe policemen in Adamawa State in order to regain their freedom.

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Published 19th Sep, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

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