In its bid to promote discipline and core values of policing in Lagos State, the Police Command said it has tried eighty one (81) personnel for various criminal and disciplinary offences that were committed between October 2019 and October 2020, ranging from murder, discreditable conducts, excessive use of power, corrupt practices and negligence.
The command said it has dismissed and prosecuted seven, while ten personnel were dismissed. In addition, eighteen (18) of the men were reduced in ranks and twenty-nine were awarded #10 naira major entries and warning letters accordingly. Others were awarded extra fatigue while sixteen of the men were discharged and acquitted for want of evidence.
The personnel that were tried in the orderly room proceedings conducted at various locations in Lagos State included forty five Inspectors and seven Corporals. Similarly, some senior officers of the command were queried for various disciplinary offences and the queries are being processed at the Force Headquarters Abuja for necessary action and punishments.
It 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.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, said he has deemed it necessary to inform the general public on the steps being taken by the command to sanitise its workforce in order to change the general perception that Lagos State Police Command and the entire police force, in particular, condones indiscipline and crimes.
The police boss reiterated 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 appropriate authorities as such would be treated accordingly and justice done.
CP Hakeem charged officers and men of the command to be thorough and professional in their day-to-day activities, and assured them of reform and better standards in the police as being championed by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Muhammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni.