Police ombudsman receives 884 complaints against personnel in 6 months

Police ombudsman receives 884 complaints against personnel in 6 months

The Nigeria Police Force has said it received 884 cases of professional misconduct against its personnel across the country between January and June this year.

ACP Abayomi Shogunle, Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), made the disclosure while presenting the unit’s 2018 half year report.

He disclosed that 750 of the cases have been resolved while 124 were still under investigation and 10 of the reported cases were discovered to be false.

He also revealed that the number of complaints dropped by 13.29 per cent in the first-half of 2018 when compared with the 1,155 cases recorded in same period in 2017.

According to him, the police ombudsman received 495 cases via telephone calls; WhatsApp, 223 cases; Emails, 55 cases; Twitter, 19 cases; Facebook, 12 cases; SMS, 10 cases; written petition, media publications, 60 cases.

Shogunle said that Lagos Command maintained the top position on the state rankings with 209 complaints, representing 23.64 per cent of the total complaints in the period under review.

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Rivers Command according to him followed with 125 complaints, representing 14.14 per cent and FCT Command followed with 109 cases, representing 12.33 per cent.

He said that Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi and Yobe recorded zero complaints during the period under review.

Shogunle said that Insp. Charles Omotosho attached to Lagos SARS was dismissed for extortion while Sgt. Jolaosho Olusola of FCT Command was also recommended for dismissal for obtaining N1.5 million under pretence.

He said that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, would continue to ensure that officers and men, including FSARS personnel, adhere to the highest level of professionalism.

Shogunle advised members of the public against taking laws into their hands when not satisfied with any police conduct, adding that such misconduct should be reported to the unit for justice.

PCRRU was established in November 2015 to receive and resolve cases of professional misconduct brought against its officers.

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