Police will sanction commanders and DPOs for misconduct by junior officers

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Police area commanders and divisional police officers (DPOs) will now be held accountable for the misconduct of junior officers under their watch, the Force announced on Friday.

Acting Force Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed on his Twitter account, said the decision to hold senior officers accountable for the misdeeds of their subordinates was aimed at instilling discipline and controlling the extortion, harassment and brutality by members of the Force.

Adejobi said: “In an effort to reduce or eventually end extortion, harassment and brutality within the NPF, we will now hold DPDs and commanders accountable for the misdeeds of their men.

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“Because we do not promote vicarious liability, we have also noticed that some superiors either fail or are unwilling and/or unwilling to supervise and manage their men.

“This leadership gap is out of step with IGP’s leadership styles and repositioning efforts, therefore counterproductive and condemnable.”

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