Misconduct: IGP disbands Edo team few days after running over suspect, officers face sanctions

The acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, has disbanded the Edo State Police Command team responsible for running over a suspect with a vehicle in Ekpoma.

There was public outrage over a viral video that showed a police car running over a handcuffed man, last week Thursday, in the Ekpoma area of the state.

In the 19-second clip, a handcuffed man was lying on a road while a police vehicle, a Sienna car, ran over him as people screamed for the officers to stop.

Following the outcry the IGP had ordered the policemen to report to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for further action.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the disbandment of the team, in a press statement, Thursday in Abuja.

The statement titled: “Edo Police Misconduct”, read: “In a bold move to address the unprofessional conduct of some police officers attached to the Edo State Police Command who were responsible for running over a citizen at Ekpoma, the acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, has taken the decisive action of disbanding the team forthwith.

“This step aims to regularise and standardise police operations in the axis; and restore public trust in the Nigeria Police Force.”

According to the spokesperson, “Additionally, the operatives involved are currently facing disciplinary charges and administrative procedures. This move underscores the commitment of the IGP to hold officers accountable for their actions which will never be tolerated in the Nigeria Police Force.

“The IGP reiterates his commitment to ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, while urging members of the public to always cooperate with police officers in the discharge of their statutory duties.”