The Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force has resolved 324 cases out of a total of 405 complaints made against the Police by members of the public between July 1 and September 30, 2016.
Fifty-one cases reported during the period were found to be false, while 30 cases are still pending, a report released on Thursday in Abuja by the Officer in charge of the CRU, Acting ACP Abayomi Shogunle, stated.
The CRU said it recovered N2.7m bribe from an Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in one of the state commands in the South-East, after the unit received a complaint through a telephone call.
The police said the money was recovered from the ACP after the case was referred to the X-Squad for necessary action, in line with the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that the X-Squad be integrated as part of the CRU agents.
Findings indicate that the errant senior officer had been referred to the Police Service Commission for disciplinary action.
The report said, “Record shows that the sum of N2.7m bribe was recovered from an Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in one of the state commands after a complaint was made to the CRU through a telephone call.
“Necessary disciplinary procedures are ongoing against the officer involved, just as the suspect arrested in respect of the case upon which the bribe money was collected has since been handed over to the relevant government agency for prosecution.”
The CRU report stated that Rivers State Police Command topped the state ranking with a total number of 78 cases, followed by Lagos with 72 and the Federal Capital Territory with 48 cases.
The third quarter report further shows that over half of the complaints against the Police came from four state commands: Rivers, Lagos, FCT and Anambra, which accounted for 55.06 per cent of complaints during the period under review.
“No single complaint was reported against the Police in six state commands: Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Osun and Sokoto; while Kebbi State remains the only command with no complaint made against the Police since the inception of the CRU in November 2015,” it stated.
The CRU said professional misconduct was the leading complaint against Police officers with 154 entries, followed by demands for money for bail with 144 entries; adding that complaints were received via phone calls – 294 cases, WhatsApp – 55, Twitter – 20, email – 19, Facebook – six, SMS – two, BBM – one and eight cases reported via petitions and media publications.
Shogunle attributed the reduction in complaints against the Police during the period under review to “the fact that Nigerian Police officers are becoming more professional in carrying out their duties as a result of capacity training programmes, the zero tolerance of the current Police leadership to all forms of professional misconduct and the Police awareness that the public can now easily report unsatisfactory Police conduct.”Punch