Nigeria: “Dismissal of Policemen Exposes Armed Robbery, Corruption, and Illegal Duty Scandal in Lagos”

Nigeria: “Dismissal of Policemen Exposes Armed Robbery, Corruption, and Illegal Duty Scandal in Lagos”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a significant development, two Police Inspectors, Sunday Adetoye and Ogunleye Stephen, formerly attached to the Zone 2 Command Headquarters in Onikan, Lagos, have been dismissed following an Orderly Room trial. The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Ali, issued the dismissal, citing offenses including armed robbery, official corruption, and illegal duty.

The incident leading to their dismissal unfolded on November 23, 2023, when Adetoye and Stephen, accompanied by two members of a Vigilante Group named Semiu Afisu and Abidoye Femi, as well as a driver identified as Charles John, reportedly conducted an unauthorized operation. Armed with two Submachine SMG rifles and live ammunition, they raided a residence in Obada-Oko community in Ogun State around 10 pm.

The unauthorized search was conducted without a warrant, targeting the apartment of Taiwo Monsuru and Akintola Sunday. The group made off with five iPhones, one Samsung smartphone, one Tecno smartphone, and two laptop computers.

Their arrest came as a result of vigilant police officers attached to Ifo Division, who set up a roadblock after being informed by other residents about the unauthorized operation. The suspects were apprehended, with the exception of ASP Ajayi Victor, who led the illegal operation and is currently at large.

Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Umma Ayuba, explained, “The AIG has directed that the dismissed officers be charged to court alongside the civilians involved, while he urges all officers and men of the force to remain professional in the discharge of their duties by the law, as anyone found wanting will be accountable for his or her action or inaction.”

The dismissal of these officers sheds light on the importance of maintaining the integrity of law enforcement agencies. The emphasis on professional conduct and adherence to the law serves as a reminder that those found engaging in criminal activities within the police force will face legal consequences.

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