Police demote Inspector, reprimand another for assaulting civilian in P/Harcourt

The police officer while physically assaulting civilian motorist in Port Harcourt

The Nigeria Police Force has reprimanded two officers for assault, professional misconduct, and incivility to members of the public at Emouha in Rivers.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the action was a sequel to the complaints by the victims and video evidence widely circulated on April 9.

Adejobi said that one Adejoh Siaka had been reduced in rank from Inspector to Sergeant after a follow-up orderly room trial of the affected policemen by the Force Provost Marshal.

He added that one Sgt. Ndiwa Kpuebari, who was also present at the scene but took no steps to discourage such an inappropriate and shameful act, was severely reprimanded.

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“However, one Insp. Friday Obaka, who was later discovered to have been absent from the scene of the skirmish was discharged unconditionally at the conclusion of the proceedings.

“In all, the three Policemen would be posted out of Rivers State to other Commands and Formations to continue their police duties.

“The Inspector-General of Police has therefore tasked officers and men of the Force to be diligent and uphold the lofty tenets of professional policing.

“In the discharge of their duties, police must respect the fundamental rights of all citizens in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” he said.

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