The Nigerian Police has proved its extent of discipline by throwing out some rotten eggs in the force. In a press briefing statement made available on the force facebook platform this morning by the Police Public Relation Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah, six officers have been dismissed for misuse of firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.
The discharged officers, whose names and force number according the briefing are AP/No.177893 EX. Inspr. Eyong Victor, F/No. 400872 EX. Sgt Peter Ekpo, F/No.374585 EX. Sgt Oguni Goodluck, F/No. 385870 EX. Sgt. Orji Nwoke, F/No. 234216 EX. Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and F/No. 437983 EX. Sgt. Tanko Akor, were in the convoy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on the date of election, 10th December, 2016.
Awunah said the subjects will be duly sanctioned for the law guiding the force.
“The six (6) Police officers, after the conclusion of investigation into this public mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty and consequently dismissed from the Force. They will be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others.”
He further said such prost-election discipline act will not be reduced to the River State’s but in all other electoral activities in order sustain discipline and orderliness in the nation and within police personnel.
“The IGP wishes to restate the commitment of the force to carry out its constitutional obligations in accordance to the law of the land before, during and after every election in Nigeria. This will be done in a very professional manner bearing in mind the need not only to be unbiased but to be seen by members of the public as responsive and responsible security agency in election security in the country.
“Nigerians should rest assured that the IGP and indeed the entire management team of the Force will not be deterred in its resolve to rid the Nigeria Police Force of personnel who indulge in actions or inaction that amount to unprofessional and serious misconduct.”