Abuja - The Nigeria Police Force said it redeployed the
Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, DSP Promise Nwosu
as a result of gross professional misconduct.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force
Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, said Nwosu’s conduct
was not in conformity with that of a police officer.
He said that the officer was found among protesting APC
party faithfuls in a manner prejudicial to discipline and displaying conduct
unexpected of him.
Awunah explained that an Assistant Commissioner of Police in
charge of Operations in the state observed his presence among the protesting
“The active presence of the CSO to the governor in a
partisan crowd of an opposition party to the governor in a clandestine and
suspicious manner was considered mischievous and detrimental to the security of
the state and public order,” he said.
He added that the officer demonstrated brazen indiscipline
and showed disrespect to the senior officer when challenged of his action.
“Accordingly, the CSO was officially queried for
discreditable conduct, insubordination, engaging in partisan political
activities, illegal duty and act unbecoming of a public officer,” he said.
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He added that as a result of the gross misconduct and
apparent partisanship, the I-G ordered the redeployment of the CSO, pending
further disciplinary action.
The spokesman said that the I-G had also constituted an
investigative inquiry into the officer’s open engagement in political
activities, disrespect to senior officers and unethical practices.
He said that Police and police officers were insulated from
“The IG therefore warn police officers in any capacity to
desist from acts that portray the force in bad light and question the integrity
of the personnel,” he said.
He noted that any police officer, especially CSOs,
Aides-de-Camp (ADCs) and orderlies who engaged in activities outside the
official schedule would be removed and face severe disciplinary action.
“It is instructive to maintain that the redeployment of the
CSO to Wike must not be misconstrued or misinterpreted as it is widely reported
in the media.
“The Police Force must not be drawn into direct partisan
politics and acts that are inimical to peace and public order,”he said.
He said the governor as Chief Security Officer of the state
was at liberty to select any officer of his choice from the strength of the
command to serve as his CSO.
Awunah warned that under no circumstance should any officer
abandon the security of his principal and legitimate duties to engage in direct
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