EXCLUSIVE: Dismissed Nigeria police commissioner identified

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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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