Seven senior police officers have been fired by the Nigerian Police Service Commission (PSC) for engaging in serious misconduct.
The commission Tuesday also demoted 10 other officers for similar offences during its 15th plenary meeting which is slated to end on Thursday.
Before the meeting chaired by the commission’s acting chairperson, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, the pending disciplinary matters (PDM) before the commission were discussed and deliberated upon.
The spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, said the officers who were sacked include one Chief Superintendent of Police, one Superintendent of Police and five Assistant Superintendents of Police while one SP was retired.
He added that one CSP, three SPs, and two DSPs had their ranks changed by the commission to SP, DSP, and ASP respectively, Daily Trust reports.
The commission further demoted four ASPs to Inspectors.
There were 47 pending disciplinary matters before the commission for deliberation and some appeals from police officers who had been sacked.
According to Ani, 10 senior Police Officers, including an ACP, a CSP, an SP, two DSPs and five ASPs were severely reprimanded.
Thirteen police officers received the punishment of reprimand while two others are to receive letters of warning while four officers were exonerated.
Justice Ogunbiyi reportedly stated that the commission will give all pending disciplinary matters the required attention so that those found guilty are punished right away and those not guilty are exonerated to continue with their career advancement.
Justice Ogunbiyi urged police officers to follow established procedures and refrain from enforcing their laws.
She asserted that the commission will keep working to maintain a professional police force that is disciplined and meets global best practices.