By Aminu Kutama
The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed three officers from the SPU Base 1 Kano for misuse of firearms, abuse of power, gross indiscipline, and wastage of live ammunition.
According to Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, the trio, Inspr. Dahiru Shuaibu, Sgt. Abdullahi Badamasi, and Sgt. Isah Danladi were attached to a popular Kano musician, Dauda Kahutu Rarara on escort duties.
“In the course of their duty on Friday, 7th April, 2023 at Kahutu Village, Katsina State, the officers repeatedly fired shots from their official firearms into the air despite police policy against firing in the air, standard operating procedure and relevant Force Orders; and disregarding the possible risk to the crowd at the location which included children.
“The act was not only criminal and unprofessional but also embarrassing to the Force and the nation at large,” Adejobi said in a statement on Thursday.
A video evidence had circulated on social media and the police authorities had subjected the trio to orderly room trial and they were found guilty of the offences.
“The Nigeria Police Force hereby warms all officers to ensure they carry out their duties in line with the extant laws to avoid running foul of its provisions and attracting attendant sanctions. Supervising officers have also been tasked to ensure continuous and detailed lectures of their men to ensure they are well acquainted with all necessary standard operating procedures,” the police warned.