2 traffic wardens dismissed for killing NSCDC officer
The Nigeria Police has dismissed Idoko Sunday and Katdel Dabit, for allegedly involved in the death of an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, ASC Ogar Jumbo Ochigbo, on March 20, 2019.
In a statement by Force Public Relations Officers, DCP Frank Mba, said the former traffic wardens had earlier been subjected to the internal disciplinary procedures of the Force, tried in an Orderly Room, and dismissed before the arraignment.
Mba added that the arraignment of the traffic wardens was born out of the outcome of the investigation into the case of alleged misconduct and unlawful exercise of authority reported against them on March 29, 2019. Police investigations revealed and indicted them for assault and excessive use of force on the deceased after his arrest.
"Forensic analysis by a pathologist, as seen in the autopsy report, clearly traced the cause of death to injuries inflicted on the deceased during his encounter with the traffic wardens. The two erstwhile traffic wardens have been remanded in Kuje prisons pending the next adjournment of the case," the statement revealed.
According to Mba, "in keeping with the assurances by the Inspector General of Police to ensure a transparent, accountable, comprehensive and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the late ASC Ogar Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, the Nigeria Police have today arraigned in court the two Traffic Wardens for complicity in the unfortunate death of the NSCDC Officer.
“The arraignment of the erstwhile Traffic Wardens is sequel to the outcome of investigation into the case of alleged discreditable conduct and unlawful exercise of authority reported against them on March 20, 2019"
He stated that the Nigeria Police, deeply regrets the unfortunate incident which resulted in the death of Jumbo, adding that the IGP enjoins the public not to lose faith in the Force, reiterating his earlier assurances that under his watch, no form of impunity or ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ will go unpunished.
He therefore warned that any police officer found wanting for unlawful use of force and other sundry offences will be publicly named, shamed and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.