The Police Service Commission (PSC) has taken disciplinary actions against several police officers, including dismissals, reduction in rank, compulsory retirement, and other penalties, due to cases of misconduct and abuse of office.
During its 21st plenary meeting held at the corporate headquarters in Jabi, Abuja on July 6, 2023, the PSC approved the dismissal of three senior police officers found guilty of misconduct. Additionally, a Commissioner of Police was demoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police, and eight other officers also faced rank reduction.
Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Commissioner representing the judiciary in the commission, presided over the meeting on behalf of the commission’s chairman, Dr. Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police.
Dr. Arase, via Zoom, commended the members for diligently addressing disciplinary matters and reaffirmed his commitment not to hinder the career progression of any officer.
The PSC also directed the compulsory retirement of an Assistant Commissioner and the reimbursement of all wrongly paid entitlements. It posthumously promoted late Inspector Ifeanyi Oroke to the next rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) 11 for acts of gallantry. Additionally, Inspector Augustina Oko, who was previously dismissed, was reinstated effective from the date of her dismissal.
Furthermore, the commission imposed severe reprimands on 16 officers and reprimands on another 18 officers. Two officers received letters of warning as well.
Prior to these decisions, the commission had approved the requested adjustment in the promotion date to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police for ACP Woke Iheanyi Kingsley and the reinstatement of CSP Anaele Samuel Onuoha, in compliance with a court judgment.
This action highlights the PSC’s commitment to maintaining discipline and accountability within the police force.