Police dismiss two officers for selling arms in Plateau

The police also paraded 13 armed robbers.

Two officers of the Plateau State Police Command, Dakol Emmanuel and Joseph Dakup, have been dismissed for allegedly selling police arms and ammunition.

Mr. Emmanuel, a constable, and Mr. Dakup, a corporal, were serving at the Police Divisional Office in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, stated this on Thursday at the headquarters of the command in Jos, while parading the dismissed police officers and a gang of 13 robbers who specialise in car snatching and arm manufacturing of local weapons.

Mr. Olakpe said the officers were dismissed 24 hours ago, following directives from the Inspector General of Police.
“There is no place for a criminal police officer in the police force,” Mr. Olakpe said.

The dismissed police officers were alleged to have been selling arms and ammunition to suspected criminals.

Mr. Olakpe disclosed that 9 suspected armed robbers arrested recently specialized in manufacturing local weapons and selling to the public, thereby increasing the proliferation of small arms in the state. He said five suspects were experts in vehicle snatching and car theft.

The police boss presented 11 cars recovered from the suspects within two weeks.

Military figures disputable

While speaking on the attack on three villages in Langtang last Wednesday by gunmen, Mr. Olakpe disputed the casualty figure of the assailants provided by the Nigerian military.

The commander of the Special Task Force in Plateau, Henry Ayoola, had claimed on Wednesday that the soldiers killed 100 of the attackers, a claim Mr. Olakpe said appeared false. The STF had earlier claimed, two days after the incident, that only 20 of the attackers were killed.

Mr. Olakpe also said the civilian casualty from the attack, according to police records from the affected areas, was now 31, contrary to claims of the STF commander that 20 people were killed. He called on Plateau residents whose vehicles were snatched, or missing to come to the command with the original document of their vehicles for collection.

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