No fewer than 431 complaints from citizens have been received by the Nigeria Police Force against its personnel in only three months – between June and August, 2022.
Meanwhile, 304 complaints had been resolved with 81 punishments awarded to erring police officers.
These were contained in a document prepared by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, while explaining the efforts of his ministry and the NPF at ensuring discipline among police officers.
It read in part, “Recently, attention has been placed on the need for professionalism and adherence to extant laws by police officers in the discharge of their lawful duties.
“This has prompted the need to look into the various complaints against police action via social media, and the meting out of sanctions on violators of laws regulating the conduct of police officers.
“In the past three months, a total of 431 complaints against police actions have been received. 304 of these complaints have been resolved with 81 punishments awarded to erring police officers and men.
“Seven of these police officers have been dismissed for severe infractions.
“Meanwhile, 40 officers are undergoing internal disciplinary processes to determine their innocence or otherwise.”
Apart from sanctions, the minister also said the PPCC in 2021 embarked on sensitisation campaigns targeted at the six geo-political zones, adding that the South-West, South-South, North-Central and North-West, had been covered while that for the North-East was slated to hold on September 9 in Bauchi.