The Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike DSP Promise Nwosu was removed because of his involvement in partisan politics, the police said yesterday.
A statement in Abuja by Force spokesman Don Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DSP), said Promise Nwosu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), was allegedly partisan in his duty.
The police high command said officers were insulated from partisan politics, adding that Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris had set up an investigative panel to ascertain the level of Nwosu’s open engagement in political activities, disrespect to senior officer and unethical practices.
The statement said: “The Nigeria Police Force has observed the innuendos, distortion of facts and wild allegations peddled in the mass media, following the redeployment of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Governor of Rivers State, DSP Promise Nwosu, as a result of gross professional misconduct.
“It will be recalled that on November 17, during peaceful demonstrations of an opposition party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC), Nwosu was found among the protesting party faithful in a manner prejudicial to discipline and displaying conduct unexpected of an officer of his calibre and office.
“In the course of monitoring the public protest, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Operations in Rivers State observed the presence of the CSO among the protesting partisan crowd as illegal, unlawful and outside prescribed schedule of the duties of a CSO.
“The active presence of the CSO to the governor in a partisan crowd of an opposition party to the governor in a clandestine and suspicious manner was considered mischievous and detrimental to the security of the state and public order and contrary to his oath of office, which constitutes an offense against discipline.”
The statement added: “The CSO to the governor, when challenged by a superior officer, demonstrated brazen indiscipline and showed disrespect to the senior officer, exhibiting conduct that violates all known norms of the force.
“Accordingly, the CSO was officially queried for discreditable conduct, insubordination, engaging in partisan political activities, illegal duty and act unbecoming of a public officer.
“As a result of such gross misconduct and apparent partisanship, the IGP ordered the redeployment of the CSO, pending further disciplinary action. To this end, the IGP has also constituted an inquiry into the officer’s open engagement in political activities, disrespect for senior officers and unethical practices.”
Restating that the police and police officers were insulated from partisan politics, the Force headquarters warned police officers to desist from acts that could portray the force in a bad light and question the integrity of the personnel.
“Any police officer, especially CSOs, aides-de-camp (ADCs), and orderlies attached to political officer holders or senior government officials who engage in activities outside the official schedule, will be removed and made to face severe disciplinary action.”
The police said Wike was free to choose his CSO.
“The governor, as Chief Security Officer of the state, is at liberty to select any officer of his choice from the strength of the command to serve as his CSO. But under no circumstance should any officer abandon the security of his principal and legitimate duties to engage in direct partisan politics or conversely should any political office holder use police officers attached to them for political machinations.” The Nation