FOUR operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, Lagos State have been dismissed and charged to court by the police.
The four policemen had reportedly illegally arrested a clergyman for allegedly performing fake miracles and detained him in a hotel in the Agege area of Lagos State.
The zonal police person in zone 2, Dolapo Badmos in a statement confirmed the dismissal of the policemen and added that they were charged to court with kidnapping armed robbery, intimidation and unlawful detention.
The four policemen were identified as Sgt Adeoye Adekunle Sgt AdeniraAdebowale Sgt Agbi Lucky Sgt Odighe Hehosa
The zonal police PRO in the statement said “The Assistant Inspector General in charge of zone 2 commands, 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).”
She continued that ”the four policemen who 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 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.”
The police spokesperson also continued that ”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 on the following day 5th June 2017, he was taken to the bank where he was made to transfer seven million naira to one of the operative’s account.”
She continued that “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.”
Badmos also confirmed that the policemen “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.”