ASHENEWS reports that the Imo State Command of the Nigeria Police has dismissed seven policemen who were arrested in a bank at Umuahia, Abia state on November 8, 2022 for performing illegal duty and conspiring to extort money from an innocent victim.
A statement by the spokesperson of the command, CSP Michael Abattam on Thursday, said the policemen were defaulted, tried and found guilty of the charges leveled against them and were summarily dismissed.
It also said that the officers were dismissed for the offence of Discreditable Conduct, Corrupt Practices and Leaving Beat and later charged to the Magistrate Court, Owerri with Charge Sheet Number OW/746C/2022.
According to Abattam, the policemen are: F/No. 462315 Sgt. Ohakim Chibuzo; F/No. 505455 Sgt. Irome Finian; F/No. 505592 Sgt. George Osueke; F/No. 511966 Cpl. Kelechi Onuegbu; F/No. 512320 Cpl. Nwagoro Isdore; F/No. 528165 PC Nwadike Stephen and F/No. 528156 PC Ihemtuge Plastidus.
“Sequel to the inundation of the office of the Commissioner of Police with series of reports/complaints by members of the public on Police brutality, harassments, extortion, illegal checking of phones and flagrant disobedience to the Inspector-General of Police directives on extortion and incivility to members of the public, the Imo State Police
“It will be recalled, that the ex-policemen were arrested on 08/11/2022 at about 1300hrs, in a bank at Umuahia, Abia State, in the course of performing illegal duty outside their jurisdiction and conspiracy to extort money from an innocent victim. They were defaulted, tried and found guilty of the charges levelled against them, thus were summarily dismissed and charged to Magistrate Court, Owerri with Charge Sheet Number: No. OW/746C/2022.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, Heads of Departments (HODs), Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Tactical Teams Commanders of the various units in the Command to ensure their subordinates are warned against indulging in these sharp practices as any Police Officer found complicit will be made to face disciplinary actions,” the statement reads.
The commissioner of police, CP Muhammed Ahmed Barde directed the officers in charge of the Inspector-General of Police X-Squad Unit and the Commissioner of Police Monitoring Unit to commence high-level monitoring of the police officers within and outside the metropolis to forestall any unprofessional conduct by police officers.
He further warned officers and men to be professional and uphold international standard best practices in the discharge of their duty.
Barde appealed to members of the public to ensure proper conduct at all times in their encounters with police officers to avoid infractions which may be subject to prosecution and advised them to use the Command’s emergency control room numbers, in times of distress.