Wednesday, 17 October 2012

UNIPORT killings: Police dismisses Sergeant

Nigerian Police Force has dismissed a Sergeant identified as Lucky Orji, who was allegedly involved in the gruesome murder of four students of the University of Port-Harcourt, following the confessions of one of the arrested suspects who claimed that a police man was part of the mob.

The sergeant was dismissed for ordering the mob to kill the suspected students.

Mr. Frank Mba, the force Public Relations officer today, revealed to Channels TV on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, named the dismissed Sergeant as Lucky Orji. He stated that the Nigerian Police Force has carried out their investigations and dismissed the ‘named’ sergeant.

According to Mr Mba, the Sergeant is among the 13 persons to be charged to court on Wednesday.

The dismissed police officer and anothet officer were alleged to have stumbled upon the angry mob beating the students, Mba said.

“The officers were not even sent to the scene, he went on his own, outside the code of conduct and professional ethics of the job” the force PRO added.

“One was professional to ask the mob to stop and the other asked them to continue.”

He said the fact that the police is prepared to prosecute the officer, is a measure of its resolve to put an end to all forms of impunity in the Nigerian Police

The PRO officer said mob attacks is not peculiar to Nigeria, “it’s something we must work together to review. Nigerians must not be quick to heap the blame on the police alone’’.

He insisted that, like every other agencies in the country, the police force is not exempted from persons with questionable characters.

“If you recruit an officer, the person carries the family value around. We need reorientation from the families and to the various worship centres.” “We must look at the content our mass media is dishing out, we have to review all this” Mba said.

The police spokesman noted that the dismissal is part of the internal cleansing in which the police force relieves culpable officers of their duties adding that they will be prosecuted.

Watch interview for more details.

From Channels TV

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