Police dismiss four Lagos SARS operatives for robbery, other crimes
The police have announced the dismissal of four policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State, over robbery and other crimes.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Adamu Ibrahim, was reported to have approved the dismissal, which the spokesman, Dolapo Badmus confirmed yesterday in Lagos.
According to report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the dismissed officers are Sgt. Adeoye Adekunle, Sgt. Adekitan Adebowale, Sgt. Agbi Lucky and Sgt. Odighe Hehosa.
The police said the four policemen were dismissed and subsequently charged to court for armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, and intimidation, as well as threatening violence.
Badmus said the panel recommended them for dismissal based on the report of the investigation carried out on a petition against them.
She said one Mr. Chukwudi Godwin Odionye, popularly referred to as ‘Bishop’, wrote the petition on May 2, 2918.
He said: “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 N7 million to the account of one of the operatives.”
Badmus added that on receipt of the petition, the AIG ordered investigation into the case.
“On the strength of the investigation, it was revealed that no proper police procedure for investigation was followed in 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,” she said.
The spokesman said the AIG had directed that the force would not tolerate any act of misconduct, which undermines the value of international best practices of the police.