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The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Barde, on Thursday, said the command dismissed seven policemen for abuse of police standard practice.
The CP, who spoke to journalists at his office in Owerri, the state capital, said the command would not condone any act of insubordination from his men.
The command spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, in a statement corroborating Berde, said the affected officers had been arraigned.
The statement read in part, “Sequel to the inundation of the office of the Commissioner of Police with series of reports/complaints by members of the public on police brutality, harassments, extortion, illegal checking of phones and flagrant disobedience to the Inspector-General of Police directives on extortion and incivility to members of the public, the Imo State Police Command has dismissed and charged the following ex-policemen: F/No. 462315 Sgt. Ohakim Chibuzo; F/No. 505455 Sgt. Irome Finian; F/No. 505592 Sgt. George Osueke; F/No. 511966 Cpl. Kelechi Onuegbu; F/No. 512320 Cpl. Nwagoro Isdore; F/No. 528165 PC Nwadike Stephen; and F/No. 528156 PC Ihemtuge Plastidus, for the offence of discreditable conduct, corrupt practices and leaving beat.
“It will be recalled that the ex-policemen were arrested on November 8, 2022, around 1pm in a bank at Umuahia, Abia State, in the course of performing illegal duty outside their jurisdiction and conspiracy to extort money from an innocent victim. They were defaulted, tried and found guilty of the charges levelled against them, thus were summarily dismissed and charged to Magistrates’ Court, Owerri, with charge sheet number: No. OW/746C/2022.”
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, Heads of Departments, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Teams Commanders of the various units in the command to ensure their subordinates are warned against indulging in these sharp practices as any police officer found complicit will be made to face disciplinary actions.”
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