By Hassan Zaggi
A Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and a Superintendent of Police (SP) and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) have been sacked by the Police Service Commission (PSC) for various offences.
Two other officers had their ranks reduced while also handing punishments of severe reprimand and reprimand to four others (two each).
According to a statement signed by the PSC Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the CSP was dismissed for discreditable conduct, dishonesty and act unbecoming of a public officer; while an SP was dismissed for conspiring with four others to vandalize a transformer and stealing.
The Commission also directed that the officer should be prosecuted.
The decision was taken at its 10th Plenary Meeting presided over by Commission Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police.
“The two other dismissed Officers are a Deputy Superintendent of Police and an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
“The DSP was said to have led a team that intercepted three Mercedes Benz trucks conveying about 300,000 live cartridges believed to have been smuggled across the border from Benin Republic into Nigeria.
“The team was said to have impounded the trucks at a base for three days but made no entries nor a situation report of the arrest relayed.
“The DSP rather raised a fake letter purporting to escort the vehicles and suspects to Federal SARS Lagos with the dubious intention of ensuring their unlawful release.
“Luck, however, ran out of the team when they were intercepted at a military checkpoint where soldiers on duty insisted on verifying the contents of the trucks.
“The DSP and his team were said to have abandoned the trucks and fled,” the statement noted.
The ASP was dismissed for misappropriation, action prejudicial to the security of the state; sabotage; dishonesty and act unbecoming of a public officer.
The names of the affected officers were not given in the statement.