The Nigeria Police has announced the dismissal of four operatives of the Special Ant-Robbery Squad (SARS) attached to the Ikeja Division, Lagos State, over alleged robbery, extortion, and other criminal activities.
The dismissal of the officers was approved by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Adamu Ibrahim, and announced by Zone 2 Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus.
The dismissed officers, according to the release, are Sgt. Adeoye Adekunle, Sgt. Adekitan Adebowale, Sgt. Agbi Lucky and Sgt. Odighe Hehosa.
Apart from their summary dismissal, the accused have also been 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 narrated that one Chukwudi Godwin Odionye, popularly referred to as ‘Bishop’, wrote a petition against the officers May 2, 2918.
“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 said.
She added that on receipt of the petition, the AIG ordered an investigation into the case and 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.
Also confirming the dismissal of the suspects, the Head of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police, ACP Abayomi Shogunle took to his verified Twitter account, @YomiShogunle, to announce the measure with the following words:
“Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos, AIG Adamu Ibrahim approves dismissal of 4 Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, Lagos operatives over ₦7million extortion.
Men charged to court for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful detention, Intimidation.”
See the tweet here:
Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos, AIG Adamu Ibrahim approves dismissal of 4 Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, Lagos operatives over ₦7million extortion.
Men charged to court for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful detention, Intimidation#ReformEndSARS pic.twitter.com/M86AVBW4z4
— Abayomi Shogunle (@YomiShogunle) July 22, 2018