The Lagos State Police Command has tried eighty-one (81) personnel for various criminal and disciplinary offenses in its bid to promote discipline and core the values of policing in the State.
The crimes ranging from murder, discreditable conducts, excessive use of power, corrupt practices and negligence were reportedly committed between October 2019 and October 2020.
A statement signed by the PPRO, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi and made available to the Daily Report said the command had dismissed and prosecuted seven (7), while ten (10) personnel were dismissed.
“In addition, eighteen (18) of the men were reduced in ranks and twenty-nine (29) were awarded major entries and warning letters accordingly. Others were awarded extra fatigue while sixteen (16) of the men were discharged and acquitted for want of evidence.”
The Command said the personnel that were tried in the orderly room proceedings conducted at various locations in Lagos State included forty five (45) Inspectors, twenty nine (29) and seven (7) 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.
The statement specifically said that 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.
According to the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations, punishments are awarded according to the magnitude of offences committed by police personnel.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu informed the general public that specific steps are being taken by the command to sanitize its workforce in order to change the general perception that Lagos State Police Command and the entire police force.
He mentioned that police personnel are held accountable for their actions and inactions. He therefore appealed to the general public to report any misconduct of police personnel to the appropriate authorities.