The Lagos state police command has dismissed from service three of its officers namely Sgt. Osaseri Saturday, Sgt. Segun Okun, Cpl. Adekunle Oluwarotimi attached to the Amukoko Division for breaching the rules of engagement with reckless shooting.
A statement signed by the commands public relations officer, SP Chike Oti, says the aforementioned Non Commissioned Officers(NCOs), committed the offence on the Thursday January 11th at about 9.30pm at Ifelodun street, Amukoko, Lagos state.
The officers had disproportionately responded with bullets fired from their weapons at some youths alleged to have hurled some non ballistic missiles at them such as stones, sticks and bottles leading to the death of one of the youths and injury on another.
They were arrested, detained and tried immediately on the orders of the Commissioner of Lagos state Police Command, CP Edgal Imohimi. They were found guilty by the adjudicating officer who insisted that the officers did not assess the situation with professionalism that is expected of every police officer under the Command.
He went further to state that they ought not to have applied the use of maximum force on the unruly youths.
Meanwhile the officers will be charged to court next week, while a duplicate copy of the casefile would be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution( DPP) for legal advice.
Sequel to the above occurrence, the Commissioner of Police has directed all the Area Commanders and DPOs in Lagos state to warn their men against misapplication of force. He further warned that officers must abide by the Rules of Engagement ( ROE) as stipulated in Force Order 237 .
The erring policemen attached to Amukoko division had their NPF numbers as:
- Sergeant Osaseri Saturday with NPF number 25759 ,
- Sergeant Segun Okun with number 35 9075
- and Corporal Adekunle Oluwarotimi with number 496833 .
The trio, as gathered, shot at some youths they alleged hurled stones and sticks at them, at about 9.30pm, last Thursday, at Ifelodun street.
Life, was snuffed out of one of the youths by a bullet from the policemen, while another was injured in the process. The incident sparked a protest in the area, with youths calling for justice.