The Lagos State Police Command has displayed a zero tolerance for laxity towards duty on the part of police officers by dismissing an inspector, Useni Kadima, attached to a Mobile Police Force, Mopol 22, Ikeja for getting drunk on duty.
The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Chike Oti, said Kadima was apprehended and dismissed following a viral video which was filmed at the Dopemu area of Lagos.
The video got the attention of the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, who directed the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, to mete disciplinary action on Kadima.
Idris said: “The policeman, who was stupefied after guzzling large quantity of alcoholic beverage, was located and apprehended on Wednesday at Police Mobile Force Squadron 22 Base, Ikeja, where he served the Command Provost.
“He was identified as Inspector Useni Kadima with force number 176219. During interrogation, the officer affirmed that he was the one in the video; he was therefore tried in orderly room and summarily dismissed to serve as a deterrent to others.
“To prevent future reoccurrence of this type of incident, the CP has directed the officer in charge of the Command Provost Section to embark on tour of all police formations and barracks within the state with a view to identifying and shutting all beer parlours within the police community.
“In the same vein, the CP warns against offering policemen alcoholic drinks while on duty by members of the public. He added that henceforth any policeman found drunk on duty will be visited with a similar punishment.”