EXCLUSIVE: Dismissed Nigeria police commissioner identified

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]
Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, who was dismissed on Wednesday has been identified.

The Police Service Commission announced the dismissal of four senior officers on Wednesday, without mentioning their names.

Sources at the commission told PREMIUM TIMES that the dismissed ACP is Rasheed Ogungboye who was serving in Kano State.

He was dismissed for dereliction of duty following investigation into his activities by the PSC.

“He displayed gross incompetence and also failed to even show up at work in many cases,” the source stated under strict anonymity.

Mr. Ogungboye was among four officers, including three Assistant Superintendents of Police, ASPs, that were fired on blanket allegations of indiscipline Wednesday afternoon.

But the commission, in line with its tradition, withheld the names and specific offences of the affected officers in a statement signed by Ikechukwu Ani, its public relations head.

“Identities of the remaining three officers will be released soon,” our sources said.

The PSC said other officers were also retired, demoted or censured for various offences in the latest exercise.

Last September, the police’s Complaints Response Unit said it had identified an Assistant Commissioner of Police who received N2.7 million in bribes while on duty, and recommended him for disciplinary actions. But it was not immediately clear if Mr. Ogungboye was the officer.

Until his dismissal, Mr. Ogungboye was said to have worked at different departments in the force, including directing traffic operations at one point.

The Nigeria Police Force and its independent regulatory body, the PSC, have discharged scores of officers in recent years in a bid to enforce acceptable ethical standards in law enforcement activities.

The latest disciplinary measures came six months after authorities discharged officers for various offences which arose from the re-run elections in Rivers State last December.

The procedure affected six police officers in total — one inspector and five sergeants.

They were all accused of misusing firearms and obstructing the Independent National Electoral Commission, NEC, while supporting the Peoples Democratic Party candidates during a collation exercise in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

But Mr. Wike condemned the action and accused the federal authorities of bias.

In recent years, many officers have been dismissed for offences which range from general misconduct to felony.


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  • new republic

    Where is the ACP and two ASP officers that are working with Evans billionaire kidnappers?Nigérians are not fools,cover up.

    • umunnem

      Where did you read that? Please share. As far as I have read, Evans has not implicated any police officer…not that they are “unbuyable” mind you. If anything, Evans said police was always at his back.

      • Arabakpura

        They are still moderating and modulating what he says!

      • new republic

        Are you living in the moon?

  • Netanyahu

    If the PSC were to do a good job, more than half of the police, officers and men will be in jail. They are essentially criminals. An armed policeman that extorts money from the public using his rifle is an armed robber. Simple.

    • Gift

      You’re right

  • AFRICANER

    Seems that there’s systemic conspiracy to weed out Yoruba high ranking officers in the police or the army.

    There was a guy jailed and fired for “cowardice”, who was a high ranking army officer, and was being represented by Falana. Made no sense.

    The soldiers, it was alleged, had no updated equipment to fight Boko Haram.

    • marcos avelino

      Sick people every action is colored by tribalism and christian complain .just firing one or two offices out of over three hundred thousand is systemic conspiracy to weed out Yoruba !!

      • AFRICANER

        Well, in Kaduna, many Hausa-Fulani soldiers massacred El ZalZaky and Shiites, yet not one has been arrested or fired for cowardice. Just one example.

      • Simon Templar

        Sick minds !

    • Mufu Ola

      Sorry we don’t buy your fake “goods”.

      • AFRICANER

        Afenifere represents Yoruba race, not you Muslims.

      • Simon Templar

        Very fake and expired goods

    • Adeoye Damilola Ibukunolu

      Ethnicity is a disease. Get that right bro. He’s Yoruba but prior to his dismissal, he was a Nigerian police officer and was found guilty of offences that contravenes the terms of the contract that he signed. A thief is a thief. Theirs nothing like he’s our thief.

      • AFRICANER

        I understand where you’re coming from.

        However, equity is a part of justice.
        You have to understand that, if the Country is basing enforcement on tribe, and ethnicity, then major criminals from the spared ethnicity or region are spared. At the minimum, it’s inefficient and ineffective to base things on tribal bases.

  • Deansmart

    Most of this officer’s committed some crimes they should also be tried and jailed if found guilty not just losing their jobs

  • Saydo Shan

    Even the Police and it’s regulatory body is trying to put it’s house in order, even if cosmetically. All other government organs and agencies are trying their bit, even if cosmetically. It is only the Judiciary all over that is grossly irresponsible lackey. Shame on the Judiciary. Unbeknownst to the fools that man the Judiciary, they are the real threats of democracy in Nigeria. They should try and sensibly hearken to the saying that “those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.

    Instead of the Judiciary to key into the anti-corruption mantra and at worst do there little bit, they are there as the champions of corruption. Unbelievable, but the truth is that they are IDIOTS.