Sunday, July 22, 2018
4 SARS Officers Arrested For Kidnapping, Extortion
Four policemen attached to Special Anti Robbery Squad Ikeja, Lagos (SARS), are set to be dismissed after the Assistant Inspector General in charge of zone 2 command, AIG Adamu Ibrahim upheld the recommendation of police disciplinary body to that effect
It was gathered that the quartet were dismissed and charged to court on a litany of offences including Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Unlawful detention, Intimidation and threatening violence.
A report against them from one Mr. Chukwudi Godwin Odionye popularly referred to as ‘Bishop’ on 2nd day of May 2018, had prompted the investigation.
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.
He noted that after his arrest, instead of a police cell, he was taken to one hotel at Agege where he was detained and threatened to be killed if he fails to cooperate.
He further narrated that on the following day 5th June 2017, they took him to a bank where the sum of 7 million naira was extorted from him and subsequently transferred to one of the officers 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 operatives actually abducted the man from his house and Unlawfully detained him in the hotel under the guard of the suspects for personal gain.
The policemen: Sgt Adeoye Adekunle, Sgt Adenira Adebowale, Sgt Agbi Lucky, Sgt Odighe Hehosa Who 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.
CSP Dolapo Badmos, the Police Public Relations Officer of zone 2 command, 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.