4 SARS Officials Dismissed For Robbery, Kidnapping
The #EndSARS campaign on social networks may have piped down a bit, but the reforms that Nigerians want may have also started to sweep through the force.
Petitions have started yielding results and it is something that people whose rights may have been abused by these officials should also explore.
Lagos State is one of the cities where these allegations of unruly dispositions of officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force have largely been reported.
Amidst reforms that the police have announced, the AIG Adamu Ibrahim, in charge of Zone 2 Command, has brought down the hammer on some officials.
He has approved the dismissal of four policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State, over alleged robbery and other crimes.
CSP Dolapo Badmus, the Zone’s spokesperson, confirmed the dismissal on Sunday in Lagos.
According to Badmus, the dismissed officers are Sgt. Adeoye Adekunle; Sgt. Adekitan Adebowale; Sgt. Agbi Lucky and Sgt. Odighe Hehosa.
She said that the four policemen were dismissed and subsequently charged for armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence.
According to the police spokesperson, a panel recommended their dismissal based on the report of the investigation carried out on a petition against them.
Kidnapped And Detained
The petition was written against them by Mr Chukwudi Godwin Odionye, popularly referred to as ‘Bishop’ on May 2, 2018.
“The petitioner stated that on June 4, 2017, he was in his house around Alagbado area of the state when four armed men stormed his house to effect his arrest on the allegation of performing ‘FAKE’ miracles.
“He stated that after his arrest, he was taken to one hotel at Agege where he was detained and threatened to be killed if he fails to cooperate.
"He explained further that the following day, June 5, 2017, he was taken to the bank where he was made to transfer 7 million Naira to the account of one of the operatives.
“On receipt of the petition, the AIG ordered investigation into the case.
"On the strength of investigation, it was revealed that no proper police procedure for investigation was followed in Mr Chukwudi’s arrest.
"The four SARS operatives actually abducted the man from his house and unlawfully detained him in the hotel under the guard of the suspects for personal gain,” Badmus said.
She reiterated the AIG’s directive that the force would not tolerate any act of misconduct, which undermines the value of international best practices of the police.
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