Police dismiss four SARS officers over gross misconduct


The Assistant Inspector General in charge of zone 2 command, AIG Adamu Ibrahim has said the four policemen attached to (SARS) Special Anti Robbery Squad Ikeja, Lagos have been dismissed.

According to AIG Adamu Ibrahim, the SARS officers were dismissed in line with the recommendation of police disciplinary body that recommended their dismissal.

The police in a statement made available to journalist by Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) Dolapo Badmos said, the four policemen who were dismissed and subsequently charged to court on offences of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful detention, Intimidation and threatening violence .

Badmos explained that their crimes were contained in 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 of them on 2nd of May 2018.

The statement read, ”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 and 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 bank where he was made to transfer seven million Naira to one of the operatives’ account”.

Badmos said on the receipt of the petition the AIG ordered Investigation into the case, adding that, 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 for personal gain.

The police officers were identified as Sgt Adeoye Adekunle , Sgt Adenira Adebowale, Sgt Agbi Lucky and Sgt Odighe Hehosa. She added that, officers were subsequently found guilty during the orderly room trial for professional misconduct, corrupt practices , discreditable conduct and were dismissed and consequently charged to court on criminal charges of Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful Detention, Stealing, Intimidation and threatening violence.

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