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Gross misconduct by policemen caused #EndSAR protests, PSC discloses

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Gross misconduct by men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) was responsible for the violent #EndSARS protests that shook Nigeria to its roots some months ago chairman Police Service Commission (PSC) Musliu Smith has disclosed yesterday.

Smith who spoke at the Force headquarters, Abuja during the opening of a one-day retreat organized by the Force in collaboration with the PSC for members of the police management team said gross misconduct against police officers was alarming.

He said given the number of cases against them, the Force might not be able to pay damages awarded by the various panels of inquiry.

“We’re always having a lot of complaints from members of the public against police officers. I believe that #EndSARS resulted from serious misconduct of some of our personnel. I want to advise that we review the arrangements we’re making for investigating such cases.

“We should ensure that investigations are thoroughly conducted and whoever is the police officer that has been indicted will be punished according to the law. If we are doing that, some of the public complaints will go down,” he said.

Smith urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to work closely with the commission on the recruitment of credible Nigerians into the Force.

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