Four policemen of controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the Lagos State Command have been dismissed for alleged professional misconduct, corrupt practices and discreditable conduct.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2 Police Command, CSP Dolapo Badmus, disclosed this in a statement, saying the command received a petition by one Chukwudi Odionye, aka Bishop, against the four officers on May 2, 2018.
Badmus gave the names of the dismissed officers as Adeoye Adekunle, Adeniran Adebowale, Agbi Lucky and Odighe Hehosa, adding that the men have been charged to court on offences of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence against Odionye.
The policespokeswoman stated that Odionye, in the petition, alleged that on June 4, 2017, he was in his house in the Alagbado area of Lagos when the four armed SARS men stormed his house to arrest him on the allegation of performing fake miracles.
He stated that after his arrest, he was taken to one hotel in Agege where he was detained and threatened to be killed if he failed to cooperate. He explained further that on the following day, June 5, 2017, he was taken to a bank where he was made to transfer N7m to one of the policemen’s account,” Badmus said.
She added that based on investigation carried out on the orders of Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, AIG Adamu Ibrahim, after the petition was recieved, showed that proper police procedure for investigation was not followed in Odionye’s arrest and that the four SARS operatives therefore abducted the man from his house and unlawfully detained him for personal gain.
The AIG therefore upheld the recommendation of police disciplinary body that recommended the dismissal of the four policemen after they were found guilty during an orderly room trial for professional misconduct, corrupt practices and discreditable conduct, Badmus explained.
She added, “The officers were subsequently charged to court on criminal charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, stealing, intimidation and threatening violence.”