Nigeria Police Watchdog, PCRRU Receives 884 Complaints Of Professional Misconduct Against Its Personnel In SIX Months
Nigeria Police Force has said it received 884 cases of professional misconduct against its personnel across the country between January and June this year.
In a statement signed by Abayomi Shogunle, the Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), disclosed this as he presents PCRRU‘s 2018 half-year report.
According to Shogunle 750 of the cases have been resolved while 124 were still under investigation and 10 of the reported cases were discovered to be false.
Highlights Of The Report Are
One Sergeant attached to 43 PMF, Lion Building, Lagos Island, Lagos State was dismissed from service for obtaining the sum of N1.5m under false pretences.
One Inspector attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikorodu, Lagos State was dismissed from service and two others reduced in rank from Sergeant to Corporal for extorting N5,000 from a lady.
A total of 884 complaints were reported during this period, 750 (84.84%) complaints have been resolved, 10 (1.13%) complaints were found to be false and 124 (14.03%) complaints are still under investigation.
Lagos State Police Command has the highest number of cases with 209 (23.64%) complaints, followed by Rivers State with 125 (14.14%) and FCT – Abuja 109 (12.33%).
There is a reduction of 13.29% in the complaints received in the first half of 2018 when compared with same period in 2017 which had 1,155 complaints.
Over 50% of reported complaints came in from Lagos, Rivers and FCT – Abuja Commands.
See Full Statement of the Report Below
Members of the public reported a total of 884 cases of police misconduct to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) from across Nigeria during the first half of 2018 (January – June, 2018). 750 of these cases have been resolved while 124 are still under investigation and 10 of the reported cases have been discovered to be False. Number of complaints dropped by 13.29% in the first-half of 2018 when compared with the same period in 2017(1,155).
Phone call was the most preferred channel for lodging complaints to the PCRRU by the public in the period under review, 495 cases came via telephone calls. WhatsApp recorded 223 cases, Emails 55 cases, Twitter 19 cases, Facebook 12 cases, SMS 10 cases, BBM 0 and Others (Written Petition, media publications etc) had 60 cases. Blackberry Messenger is the least channel being utilized in making complaints to PCRRU. However, several thousands of PCRRU unrelated broadcast messages were received through this channel.
An earlier case reported on 10.11.2016 bothering on obtaining the sum of N1.5 million under false pretences made against F/No 367354 Sgt Jolaosho Olusola who was attached to a Life-Camp Abuja Magistrate court as orderly at the time was finally concluded in June, of 2018. Case was recorded and allocated tracking number #CRU342573 and referred to FCIID Abuja for detailed investigation (see page 9). The FCIID investigation revealed that Sgt Jolaosho’s conduct was unprofessional and criminal. Orderly room trial and criminal prosecution was recommended. He was tried in an Orderly room and found guilty of Improper Conduct and Discreditable Conduct contrary to Paragraph E(i) and C (ii) of the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulation Cap. P19. Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. Punishment of dismissal from service was recommended and since approved by relevant police authority. His case file has bee transferred to the Police Legal and Prosecution Unit, FHQ Abuja for appropriate criminal prosecution in court.
Also, a complaint of extortion was received from a lady in Ikorodu area of Lagos State (see page 10). Inspector Charles Omotosho attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was tried and found guilty of extortion; he has since been dismissed from service.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K Idris NPM, mni will continue to ensure that all officers and men including FSARS personnel adhere to the highest level of professionalism. Members of the public are advised not to take the laws into their own hands when not satisfied with any police conduct, such misconduct should be reported to the PCRRU to enable justice.
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ACP ABAYOMI SHOGUNLE
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
PUBLIC COMPLAINT RAPID RESPONSE UNIT (PCRRU)