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The Police Commissioner (CP) in Imo State, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has approved the dismissal of about eight police officers between last December and now over their involvement in various offences and unprofessional conduct.
The Eastern Updates reports that more than 20 others are facing orderly room trials.
Additionally, 80 suspected offenders who committed crimes like rape, murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy have been detained by command personnel.
Responding to inquiries yesterday on the People’s Assembly radio program in Owerri, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Henry Okoye, said that the CP had ordered their firing and orderly room trial due to their involvement in the offences.
He added that those facing trial would be sanctioned according to the outcome and gravity of offences. He also said that, last week, about N350, 000 was recovered from a police officer, who allegedly extorted it from a citizen, hinting that the money was returned to the owner, while the police officer was detained and would be facing trial.
According to Okoye, the CP has set up a high powered investigation team to fish out criminals in all nooks and crannies of the state, urging the civil populace to cooperate with them.
He also emphasised on the need for police/community relations and regular town hall meetings between the force and civil populace (youth leaders, religious, traditional rulers among others).