Police sack four officers for abetting arms smuggling, others

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has terminated the appointments of four senior police officers and demoted two others for violating its code of conduct and ethics.

The commission’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

Ani said the decision was reached on Friday at the 10th plenary meeting of the commission, presided over by its Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP).

According to Ani, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) was dismissed for discreditable conduct, dishonesty and acts unbecoming of a public officer. He said a Superintendent of Police (SP) was also dismissed for conspiring with four others to vandalise a transformer and stealing.

The spokesman said the commission had directed that the officer be prosecuted. Ani also said the two other officers dismissed were a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

“The DSP was said to have led a team that intercepted three Mercedes Benz trucks conveying about 300,000 live cartridges believed to have been smuggled across the border from Benin Republic into Nigeria. They reportedly impounded the trucks at base for three days but made no entries or a situation report of the arrest.

“The DSP rather raised a fake letter purporting to escort the vehicles and suspects to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos, with the dubious intention of ensuring their unlawful release,” he said.

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