Police Dismiss 4 SARS Operatives,Charge Them To Court

Four policemen attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad Ikeja, Lagos (SARS) have been dismissed from the Force.

Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 2 Command, AIG Adamu Ibrahim, upheld the recommendation of police disciplinary body that recommended their dismissal.

The four have also been charged to court on offences of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful Detention, Intimidation and Threatening Violence,according to a statement on Sunday,signed by Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),Zone 2 Command, CSP Dolapo Badmos.

The Investigation carried out against them, after one Mr Chukwudi Godwin Odionye, popularly referred to as ‘Bishop,’ submitted a petition against the four on May 2, 2018, found the policemen guilty of the offences.

The petitioner had stated that on June 4, 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.

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 failed to cooperate.

He explained further that on the following day, he was taken to a bank where he was made to transfer seven million Naira to one of the operatives’ account.

On the 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 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,” noted the statement.

The police men,all of the Sergeant rank, are Adeoye Adekunle, Adenira Adebowale, Agbi Lucky and Odighe Hehosa

They were found guilty during the orderly room trial for “professional misconduct, corrupt practices and discreditable conduct.

“They were dismissed and consequently charged to court on criminal charges of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful Detention, Stealing, Intimidation and threatening violence,” added the statement.

The PPRO, while parading the suspects, 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.

Post Author: Tayo Olanipekun