Four Policemen serving under the Ogun state Police Command have been dismissed from the force for extorting N50,000 from a complainant, an action described as discreditable conduct and corrupt practices in the Force
In a release signed by ACP Abayomi Shogule in charge of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the Force Headquarters, Abuja, the dismissal of the officers was in line with the fight against corruption and ensuring adherence to the “Change Begins With Me” campaign of the Federal Government.
The names of the affected officers were given as (1) AP. No 122800 Inspr. Mufutau Olaosun, (2) F/No. 366127 Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, (3) F/No. 455593 Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and (4) F/No. 455554 Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin.
The sacked officers before their dismissal were attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State and were charged, tried and found guilty in an Orderly Room conducted at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode for two offences against discipline as provided for in Paragraphs E (iii) Discreditable Conduct and C (ii) Corrupt Practice under the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The case against the dismissed policemen was based on a complaint "received via WhatsApp number 0805 700 0003 of the PCRRU where case of extortion of N50,000 was established against them.
“Necessary disciplinary measures were initiated against the erring policemen, they were found guilty as charged in an Orderly Room trial after the presentation of witnesses and exhibits. Punishment of dismissal from service was recommended by the Adjudicating officer and proceedings reviewed by the relevant Nigeria Police Force (NPF) authorities.
"The punishment of dismissal from service has been upheld with immediate effect and all NPF uniforms and accoutrements including warrant cards (ID cards) issued to the men have been retrieved with all dismissal procedures completed. The complainant was also handed back his N50,000 with an apology a day after he lodged the complaint.
"The elated man after receiving his money thanked the PCRRU, he said, “’Great job you people are doing right there, thank you for the prompt response’”.
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