Nigeria Police Force has announced that it is investigating an assistant commissioner of police, ACP, a divisional police officer, DPO and 16 junior officers for what it termed professional misconduct.
The police high command revealed further that it dismissed a traffic warden for similar offence, just as the ACP has been issued a query by the Force secretary.
Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, made the revelation in Abuja yesterday while briefing journalists on the activities of Force complaints response unit, CRU in the last 100 days since the creation of the unit on November 13, 2015.
ACP Kolawole said CRU operations have led to disciplinary actions against officers up to the rank of ACP, but did not reveal the identity of the officer, stressing that a DPO is currently being investigated for allegedly collecting money for bail, which is usually free.
According to the Force spokesperson, several officers have been redeployed from duty posts, including a total redeployment of DPOs by the Delta State police command, while some police officers were dismissed for professional misconduct, even as 16 junior officers are facing serious disciplinary actions for similar offences.
She said Lagos state has recorded highest cases of complaints against police officers, representing 33%, while Imo, Jigawa and Kebbi states have no complaints.
According to her, no police officer, including the IGP, is above discipline, stressing that there is an internal investigative unit that investigates activities of erring officers and reports to the IGP and once such officer is found wanting and a prima-facae case is established against him or her, the officer will be prosecuted.
ACP Kolawole said the CRU is expanding with officers fluent in local languages for a more inclusive system, and that the inspector general of police, IGP Solomon Arase has approved the creation of CRU investigation unit to investigate cases of high public interest.
“The unit will engage in continual research to expand police-citizen interactions. We will continue to expand sensitisation and collaboration with the public”, ACP Kolawole assured.
Explaining further on the successes of CRU in the last 100 days, the officer in charge, a chief superintendent of police, CSP Abayomi Shogunle said 1946 cases were reported and out of the number, 1521 cases were resolved and closed, and 133 – after investigation – were discovered to be false, while 291 cases are still pending and that investigations were still ongoing.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that IGP Arase, during the commissioning of the CRU on November 13, 2015, noted that unaccountable police will remain ineffectual institution to the extent that such a police force will be populated by personnel whose discipline level and professional standard will be eroded and who will operate with impunity.
He said, “an unaccountable police institution will no doubt lose public trust and confidence which are vital ingredients of policing. In Nigeria, the general perception of the members of the public is that the Force lacks clear mechanism which members of the public can explore in reporting real or perceived professional misconducts of police personnel with a view to seeking administrative intervention and obtaining feedback in an expeditious manner.”
He said, contrary to this perception, there have always been administrative windows for addressing such complaints from members of the public and these mechanisms are equally potent.
CRU is a community oriented complaint management system tasked to deploy multiplatform reporting mechanism through which citizens complaints, concerns and queries regarding policing activities are addressed in real time.
According to ACP Kolawole, the NPF CRU is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.

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