Sunday, July 22, 2018

Police dismiss four SARS operatives, charge them to court - ITREALMS Online

The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in-charge of zone 2 command, AIG Adamu Ibrahim has upheld the recommendation of police disciplinary body that recommended dismissal of four policemen attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad Ikeja, Lagos (SARS), reports ITRealms.

Police Public Relations Officer of zone 2 command, CSP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed this to ITRealms, saying that the four policemen were dismissed and subsequently charged to court on offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence being the report of the investigation carried out against them when one Mr Chukwudi Godwin Odionye popularly referred to as 'Bishop' submitted a petition against the four on 2nd day of May 2018.

The petitioner, Badmos said, in his petition stated that on the 4th of June 2017, he was in his house around Alagbado Lagos, when the four armed men stormed his house to effect his arrest on the allegation of performing 'FAKE' miracles. 

Odionye was also quoted in his petition as saying 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 on the following day 5th June 2017, he was taken to bank where he was made to transfer seven million Naira to one of the operative's account.

On the receipt of the petition, the AIG ordered investigation into the case, which revealed that no proper police procedure for investigation was followed in Mr. Odionye's arrest and that 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.

The dismissed police men include former Sergant (Sgt) Adeoye Adekunle, Sgt AdeniraAdebowale, Sgt Agbi Lucky and Sgt Odighe Hehosa.

According to CSP Badmos,  the dismissed were subsequently found guilty during the orderly room trial for professional misconduct,  corrupt practices and discreditable conduct were dismissed and consequently charged to court on criminal charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, stealing, intimidation and threatening violence.

While parading the suspects, CSP Badmos , reiterated the AIG'S directive that the force will not tolerate any act of misconduct that undermines the value of international best practices of policing as she stated further that any police officer or men found guilty will not be spared.

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Pix: Dismissed police men include former Sergant (Sgt) Adeoye Adekunle, Sgt AdeniraAdebowale, Sgt Agbi Lucky and Sgt Odighe Hehosa.

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