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Police sack inspector for drinking on duty

The Lagos State police command has dismissed an Inspector, Kadima Useni, who got drunk while on duty in Lagos. An online video had shown the Inspector, who was armed, in a drunken state at Akowonjo area of Lagos.

After the video caught the attention of police authorities, Inspector Useni was arrested, tried and found guilty. He was subsequently dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.

Lagos police spokesman, Chike Oti, confirmed the development to The Guardian. According to him, “the attention of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, was drawn to the video. He, therefore, directed the state Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, to fish out the erring policeman for appropriate disciplinary action.

“The policeman who was stupefied after guzzling large quantity of alcoholic beverage was located and apprehended on Tuesday at Police Mobile Force Squadron 22 Base, Ikeja, where he served by the Command Provost. He was identified as Inspector Kadima Useni with appointment number 176219.

“During interrogation, the officer affirmed that he was the one in the video, he was therefore tried in orderly room and summarily dismissed to serve as a deterrent to others.

“To prevent reoccurrence of this type of incident, the CP has directed the officer in charge of the Command Provost Section to embark on a tour of all police formations and barracks within the state with a view to identifying and shutting all drinking bars within the police community.

“In the same vein, the CP warns against offering policemen alcoholic drinks while on duty by members of the public. He added that henceforth any policeman found drunk on duty will be visited with similar punishment.”

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