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Thursday , 19 October 2017

Police Commissioners under probe over alleged abuse of office

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Monday said it was investigating allegations of abuse of office against some Commissioners of Police holding state command appointments.

Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Mr Musa Istifanus disclosed this while receiving the leadership of Concerned Citizens of Edo, in Abuja, according to a statement by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations.

The group was at the commission to protest against the alleged poor performance of the Commissioner of Police in the Edo State, Mr Haliru Gwandu.

Istifanus said that the commission had received complaints and petitions against some Commissioners of Police, who were allegedly going against laid down rules and regulations.

He said that the Commission would take serious action against any of the Commissioners found to have compromised his office. According to him, the Commission takes very seriously issues of abuse of office, especially from CPs in the state, which could lead to anarchy.

Istifanus promised that the complaint from the group would be expeditiously handled, saying, “we will not allow anarchy in Edo. We will immediately look into this complaint and take a decision on it.”

He, however, called on the group to remain calm and law-abiding and allow the commission to do the needful.

Earlier, leader of the group, Mr Henry Okpeme had complained of the collapse of security in the state, citing the alarming increase in high profile assassinations, kidnapping and rape as cases.

He said that the incumbent Commissioner of Police in the state appeared to have been overwhelmed or compromised and should, therefore, be redeployed in the interest of the people. (NAN)

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