Three police officers have been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
A statement issued on Thursday by the Force PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, says that the dismissal of the three officers came after complaints and social media video evidences against them of high-handedness, unprofessional conduct and misuse of firearms.
It will be recalled that a video had on April 7, gone viral, in which some policemen were seen firing shots to rub the ego and hype a musician in Kahutu village, Katsina. Shortly after that, Adejobi had tweeted that the policemen in question had been identified and arrested, and “will be brought to the Force Headquarters for interview and necessary disciplinary action”.
Adejobi said today that the officers “fired shots from their official firearms into the air despite police policy against firing in the air, standard operating procedure and relevant Force Orders”, while “disregarding the possible risk to the crowd at the location which included children. The act was not only criminal and unprofessional but also embarrassing to the Force and the nation at large”, he said.
He sounded the Force’s note of warning to all officers to ensure they carry out their duties in line with the extant laws to avoid running foul of its provisions and attracting attendant sanctions.
“Supervising officers have also been tasked to ensure continuous and detailed lectures of their men to ensure they are well acquainted with all necessary standard operating procedures”, the statement said.
The trio, Inspr. Dahiru Shuaibu, Sgt. Abdullahi Badamasi, and Sgt. Isah Danladi, were at the time of their misconduct, attached to the Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 1, Kano. After their arrest, a follow-up orderly room trial was conducted at the Force Headquarters by the Force Provost Marshal. They were found guilty and summarily dismissed.