3 SARS Police Dismissed over Pepper Spray At Chinese Town Ojota Lagos

Police in Lagos on Sunday said it had dismissed three policemen for acts of indiscipline and undue harassment of a citizen, which left him hospitalised.

Inspector Sulaiman Momoh with service number 220957, Sergeant Emmanuel Monday – 429659 and Sergeant Adamu Usman – 434246 were tried in an orderly room and were found guilty as charged.

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An online news on Instagram with the caption “A yet-to-be-identified man has allegedly been shot by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at Chinese town, Ojota, Lagos” went viral last Friday.

Based on the report, Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal, immediately activated the Command X-Squad section in collaboration with the Divisional Police Officer, Ogudu Division, Gbenga Olorunfemi, to fish out the policemen involved in matter.

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Their findings revealed that the victim, Temitope Solomon Ademuwagun was not shot by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as reported by the online media but suffered from the inhalation of tear-gas spray a.k.a pepper spray occasioned by a neighbourhood police patrol team attached to Area-H- Command, Ogudu, Lagos.

The patrol team was led by Inspector Momoh assisted by Sergeant Monday. The victim had been revived. However, the investigating team arrested and detained the officers involved.

A statement by police spokesman, Chike Oti, a Superintendent (SP) said the trio’s dismissal proceeding has been forwarded to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone II for approval.

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