Three mobile policemen, who were involved in the forcefully collecting N153,000 from a student of Lagos State University (LASU), Sheriff Adedigba, have been dismissed from service by Ogun State Police Command.
The dismissal of the policemen was disclosed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
The policemen’s names were given as Inspector Sunday John, Sergeant Jimoh Asimiya and Sergeant Solomon Adedapo.
They were alleged to have extorted the said amount from the victim while he was travelling from Abeokuta to Lagos State.
The PPRO said: “Having heard about the incident on social media, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the officers involved in the dastardly act.
“The three policemen were quickly identified and apprehended.
The money was recovered from them and returned to the victim. They were subsequently given a departmental orderly room trial on three-count charge of corrupt practices, discreditable conduct and disobedience to lawful order.
“They were found guilty of all the charges, and subsequently dismissed from the force, to serve as deterrent to others in their shoes.”
The victim, who was also present to give evidence, was full of praise for the state Commissioner of Police and the management team, for their prompt response to the incident, which he said rekindled his hope in the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police appealed to members of the public to always endeavour to report any act of misconduct from any officer of the command to him personally, or through any of the principal officers of the command, as such would be treated with utmost urgency.
He also warned officers of the command to desist from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the command, as such would not be tolerated.