Minna - Three police officers from the Police Command in Niger have been dismissed from the force for vandalising and selling NITEL cable.
Ms Diseve Nsirim, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who announced this on Tuesday in Minna at a news conference, said the men were tried and dismissed by the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
She gave the names of the three policemen as Sgt. Musa Isah, 34; Sgt. Victor Jatau (who is at large) and Cpl Christopher Ejembi, 31.
Nsirim said the dismissed policemen stole the cables in Minna and sold them to their `clients’ in Kano.
She listed other suspect as Nasiru Ibrahim, Yahaya Suleiman, Aminu Abdullahi, Ibrahim Suleiman, Lawal Adamu and Alfa Murtala and said that they would soon be arraigned in court and charged with criminal conspiracy and vandalism.
Nsirim said that the police command reward officers and men who excel in the performance of their duties, but would not shield ``the few bad eggs in our midst who try to drag the name of the force in the mud’’.
She recalled that on Jan. 27, a team of policemen attached to the operations department at the command headquarters, while on patrol at Bosso Road, Minna, arrested Sgt Musa Isah and Aminu Abdullahi while vandalising NITEL cables.
``While the two were arrested at the scene of the crime, two others fled, abandoning a Peugeot 406 station wagon and one Mercedes Benz bus.
``Other items recovered at the scene of the crime, included two hack saw, three jacks, one cut to size wood, 25 litres of diesel and a pair of shirt, sandal and a shirt and trouser.’’
Nsirim said the receivers of the stolen cable claimed that ``the items are usually taken to Kano where they are further sold to clients and used to make jewelleries.
She said that the command had adopted the community policing approach to reduce crime to the barest minimal.
``Crime in Niger is at its lowest minimum right now,’’ the commissioner said.