Lagos police dismiss three policemen over Ojota incident

Three policemen, comprising of an inspector and two sergeants whose names and service numbers were given as: (1) 220957 Inspector Momoh Sulaiman, (2) 429659 Sgt. Emmanuel Monday and (3) 434246 Sgt. Adamu Usman, have been dismissed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal over the Ojota incident which went viral on social media.

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The Policemen reportedly sprayed tear-gas on one Ademuwagun Temitope Solomon, which provoked severe asthmatic crisis in him near China Town in the Ojota area of Lagos. They were tried in an orderly room which commenced yesterday 09/06/2018, and were found guilty as charged.

“They were therefore dismissed and de-kitted accordingly,” Mr Oti, a superintendent of police, said in a statement on Sunday. It was further gathered, that the dismissal proceeding of Inspector Momoh Sulaiman has been forwarded to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 for approval.

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The Lagos State Police Command also released its half year disciplinary record, for the period spanning from January to June, 2018.  A breakdown of the types of punishment meted out to the officers includes eight dismissals; four demotions; 43 ‘major entry;’ three given severe reprimands; four receiving extra fatigue; and 28 warning notice. Five officers were discharged and acquitted.

“The officers were tried in a properly constituted orderly room and were found guilty of various offences against discipline which earned them appropriate punishments depending on the charges against them,” the Lagos State Police PRO Mr Oti said.
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“The Commissioner of Police said that this would serve as a deterrent to other policemen wishing to toe the path of infamy, that the Nigeria Police under the watch of the Inspector General of Police, has no room for them. He warned all serving police officers to be professional at all times in the discharge of their duties and shun corrupt practices.”

Below is the breakdown of types of punishment awarded to deserving officers :
DISMISSAL = 8
REDUCTION IN RANK =4
MAJOR ENTRY =43
SEVERE REPRIMAND = 3
EXTRA FATIGUE =4
WARNING NOTICE = 28
DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED =5
TOTAL = 95

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The Commissioner of Police said that this would serve as a deterrent to other policemen wishing to toe the path of infamy, that the Nigeria Police under the watch of the Inspector General of Police, have no room for them.  He warned all serving police officers to be professional at all times in the discharge of their duties and shun corrupt practices.

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