…As Police dismisses 10 personnel for misconduct in Lagos***
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern about the on-going clampdown and freezing of bank accounts of some Nigerians for allegedly participating in the #EndSARS protests.
The party expressed the concern in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ologbondiyan said that it was alarmed that bank accounts of some Nigerians who participated in “genuine and peaceful protests” against police brutality in various parts of the country were being frozen.
Ologbondiyan said that it was distressing that government officials attempted to justify such action, which he described as gross violation of the Nigeria Constitution.
He said that such action amounted to a deliberate effort to economically suffocate those Nigerians and their families for calling for good governance, respect for the rights of citizens and end to police brutality.
“Such action does not engender hope among citizens, especially the youth,” he said adding that “it rather validates held view that government has already convicted the protesters.”
Ologbondiyan said it was strange to the PDP how the Federal Government could be harassing unarmed and harmless citizens who merely embarked on civil protest over obvious societal ills, while insurgents and bandits continued to terrorise Nigerians across the country.
He counseled the Federal Government to immediately stop the clampdown on Nigerians especially at the critical time of the nation.
Ologbondiyan urged Nigerians, especially the youth, to remain calm in the overall interest of the unity, stability and good of the nation, particularly at the trying time.
In another development, the Police Command in Lagos on Wednesday announced the dismissal of 10 police officers for various offences.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made the disclosure in a statement he signed and released to newsmen in Lagos.
According to the spokesperson, the dismissal was in a bid to promote discipline and core values of policing in the state.
Adejobi said the command tried 81 personnel for various criminal and disciplinary offences that were committed between October 2019 and October 2020.
The offences, he said, ranged from murder, discreditable conducts, excessive use of power, corrupt practices and negligence.
According to him, the command dismissed 10 personnel, reduced the ranks of 18 officers and issued warning letters to others.
“Others were awarded extra fatigue, while 16 of the men were discharged and acquitted for want of evidence.
“The personnel tried in the orderly room proceedings, conducted at various locations in Lagos state, included 45 inspectors,” he said.
Similarly, Adejobi also said some senior officers of the command were queried for various disciplinary offences with the queries being processed at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for necessary action.
“It is important to state that some of the affected personnel were attached to the Police Command, while others were serving at various police formations within Lagos State.
“The trials were instituted based on series of complaints levelled against them.
“According to the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations, punishments were awarded according to the magnitude of offences committed by the police personnel,” he said.
He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had deemed it necessary to take steps to sanitise its workforce in order to expel indiscipline and crime within the force.
“Odumosu wishes to reiterate that police personnel are held accountable for their actions and inactions.
“He, therefore, appeals to the general public to report any misconduct of police personnel to appropriate authorities, as such will be treated accordingly and justice will be done.
“Odumosu also charges officers and men of the command to be thorough and professional in their day-to-day activities, assuring them of reform and better standards in the police, as being championed by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu,” Adejobi said.