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Four SARS operatives dismissed, arraigned for robbery, kidnapping

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Assistant Inspector – General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command , Adamu Ibrahim , has approved the dismissal of four policemen attached to the Special Anti – Robbery Squad , Ikeja , Lagos State, over alleged robbery and other crimes .CSP Dolapo Badmus , the Zone ’ s spokesperson , confirmed the dismissal on Sunday in Lagos .

According to Badmus , the dismissed officers are Sgt . Adeoye Adekunle ; Sgt . Adekitan Adebowale ; Sgt . Agbi Lucky and Sgt . Odighe Hehosa .

Badmus said that the four policemen were dismissed and subsequently charged to court for armed robbery , kidnapping , unlawful detention , intimidation and threatening violence .
Badmus said that the panel recommended them for dismissal based on the report of the investigation carried out on a petition against them .

She said that a petition was written against them by Mr Chukwudi Godwin Odionye, popularly referred to as ‘ Bishop ’ on May 2 , 2018 .

“ 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 .

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“ He explained further that the following day , June 5 , 2017 , he was taken to the bank where he was made to transfer N 7 million to the account of one of the operatives .

“ On 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 .

“ 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, ” Badmus said .

She reiterated the AIG ’ s directive that the force would not tolerate any act of misconduct, which undermines the value of international best practices of the police .

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