The Police Service Commission (PSC) has debunked reports that Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police; and Dolapo Badmos, a Chief Superintendent of Police, have been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.
The rebuttal was made by Ikechukwu Ani, the PSC spokesperson, in an interview on Saturday.
The names of the two officers were contained in a list purportedly submitted by the Presidential Panel on Police Reforms, listing names and service numbers of 37 officers alleged to have been recommended for dismissal, demotion, or warning, was posted online on Saturday.
Shogunle is a former head of the Police Public Complaint Response Unit, while Badmos is a former spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command and later the Zone II Command.
The PSC spokesperson, however, confirmed that both Shogunle and Badomos were reprimanded for misconduct, but stated that neither of them was demoted nor dismissed as speculated.
“Dolapo Badmus was not dismissed. She had two cases. In the first case, she was awarded the punishment of a reprimand, while in the second case, she was given a severe reprimand. Shogunle was also awarded a reprimand,” Ani told the Punch.
“Tochukwu Ogalagu was given the punishment of a reprimand. That was part of the decisions of the 9th plenary meeting of the Police Service Commission. The names of the dismissed officers were published.”
The commission’s spokesman further explained that ACP Akin Fakorede, a former Commander of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Rivers State, was equally given a severe reprimand by the PSC.