In a recent development, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the dismissal of three assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) and the reduction in rank of six other officers for various offences, including indiscipline and insubordination.
The commission also approved the punishment of severe reprimand to several other officers. The decision was made at the 20th plenary meeting of the commission, which took place at the commission’s corporate headquarters in Jabi, Abuja. The meeting was presided over by the commission’s chairman and former inspector-general of police, Dr Solomon Arase.
According to the spokesperson of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, the commission also approved the promotion of 109 senior staff of the commission. Arase congratulated the newly promoted staff but also reminded them that their new status comes with more responsibility and a call for greater sacrifice in the conduct of government business. He urged the police to work within the established laws guiding their operations and assured them that disciplinary matters will be handled swiftly, so that officers who are found wanting will serve their punishments while those who are exonerated are cleared to continue with their career progression.
The chairman also noted that promotion of staff will be a priority during his tenure of office, but urged staff to be prepared for the challenges ahead and to continually improve themselves. The PSC’s decision to dismiss the officers and reduce the rank of others underscores the commission’s commitment to ensuring that officers conduct themselves in a professional and disciplined manner while carrying out their duties.