130 senior police officers to face disciplinary committee

IGP Usman Baba

No fewer than 130 senior police officers across the country are expected to appear before the Force Disciplinary Committee between July 28 and July 1, 2022.

The officers comprise two Commissioners of Police, three Assistant Commissioners of Police, 11 Chief Superintendents of Police, 19 Superintendents of Police, 18 Deputy Superintendents of Police, and 77 Assistant Superintendents of Police.

A statement on Wednesday by the Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the committee’s recommendations would be transmitted to the Police Service Commission for appropriate sanctions.

The statement partly read, “The Force Disciplinary Committee has convened at the Inspector-General of Police Conference Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja, to review disciplinary cases instituted against senior police officers of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police and above in order to determine their culpability or otherwise.

“The FDC which comprises the seven Deputy Inspectors-General of Police as arbiters and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Force Secretary as its Secretary, began its session on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and will hold till Friday, July 1, 2022.

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“A total of one hundred and thirty Senior Police Officers from all over the country with pending disciplinary matters will appear before the Committee within this period.

“The officers comprise two Commissioners of Police, three Assistant Commissioners of Police, 11 Chief Superintendents of Police, 19 Superintendents of Police, 18 Deputy Superintendents of Police, and 77 Assistant Superintendents of Police.

“Upon conclusion of proceedings and hearing of evidence, recommendations on each matter will be communicated to the Police Service Commission for consideration.”

Muyiwa said the Inspector-General of Police expressed confidence in the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police overseeing the Force Disciplinary Committee to ensure dispensation of justice in all cases before them.

He added that the Force was committed to instilling discipline among personnel in order to ensure a more professional and citizens-focused policing system.

Muyiwa also said the Police is set to launch a digital solution to ensure standardisation and upgrade of the Force identification system to be known as e-Warrant Card.

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According to him, the e-Warrant Card would provide seamless identification of officers all over the country as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal elements presenting fake identity cards at police stations personating themselves to be police officers.

“The project which commenced with the approval of the IGP is being carried out by Police ICT experts attached to the Department of Information and Communication Technology, Force Headquarters, Abuja. Upon its launch, it would engender a full digitalisation of police identification nationwide and provide a valid basis for effecting arrests with warrants in line with extant laws, and many other benefits attached to the use of such e-warrant cards, ” he added.

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