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Three cops face sack over escape of robbers from custody

For permitting two theft suspects who eliminated the roof of the police station cell the place they had been saved in custody to escape, three policemen connected to Isheri Oshun police station on responsibility could also be sacked.

Their destiny would depend upon the end result of the continued police orderly room trial in opposition to them. The policemen connected to the Lagos State Command, had been on responsibility that Sunday night time when the suspects eliminated the roof of the cell and escaped.

It was gathered that three Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) of the ranks of sergeants and constable, had been handed over the suspects by the officers who had effected their arrest.

The suspects had been arrested for stealing and had been locked up within the cell pending the end result of investigation that may result in their being charged to courtroom.

However, regardless of police presence within the station, the duo eliminated the roof of the cell and escaped at night time. When the officers on responsibility awoke the subsequent morning and went to inspect the suspects, they met an empty cell with the roof broken and eliminated.

When the data of their escape filtered out, residents had been indignant, on condition that they had been those that helped the police to arrest the suspects.

Blaming the police for gross incompetence and placing the neighborhood in grave hazard, the residents, it was gathered, had been initially spoiling for battle till high hierarchy of the division waded in.

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To douse the stress, the Divisional Police Officer, SP Camelius Emodi, rapidly rallied his males and went in pursuit of the suspects and with the assistance of intelligence had been in a position to allegedly re-arrest them.

The crew was mentioned to have arrested one Bashiru Rabiu, who was allegedly concerned within the cell break and he has been charged to the Isolo Magistrate courtroom for willful harm and escape from lawful custody beneath the legal code.

However, the suspect has since denied involvement within the crime, alleging that he was randomly picked up by the police crew who had been on the path of suspects who really escaped from the cell.

Already, an orderly room trial for the three policemen has been constituted on the Area M Command led by the Area Commander, Austin Akika, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the incident, nevertheless clarified that the suspects had been arrested for stealing and not armed theft.

Meanwhile, three policemen connected to Ijede Division in Ikorodu, have been dismissed from the police for allegedly arresting and extorting their victims of N200,000.

Inspector Okelue Nkemeonye (136005), Sergeant Braimoh Sunday (355897) and Sergeant Yusuf Olukoga (359928) had been sacked from the police yesterday after an Orderly Room Trial held on the Zone II Headquarters in Onikan discovered them responsible of the allegations in opposition to them.

According to the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), the dismissed Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) had been discovered responsible of corrupt practices and discreditable conducts beneath the First Schedule of the Police Act, Cap P19, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Officer in cost of PCRRU, Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in a press release yesterday, mentioned the officers dedicated the offence on June 21.

He mentioned a complainant had contacted the unit and reported that the policemen picked him up at a financial institution he went to deposit cash. Since the community was down, the sufferer, whose title was not given, mentioned he paid the cash into his personal account within the hope that he would switch it to the corporate it was meant for afterward.

Upon leaving the financial institution, he was accosted by armed policemen carrying Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) vests and they advised him to enter their automotive whereas pointing their gun at him.

The sufferer mentioned his cell phone was collected from him, the policemen requested what he does for a dwelling and he advised them he simply accomplished his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He mentioned he advised the policemen he was dwelling along with his brother and that he was the one who despatched him to the financial institution. He additionally confirmed them his brother’s store whereas they had been driving by so they may cease and make enquiries however they refused. He was not allowed to take his calls nor make cellphone calls.

The sufferer mentioned he acquired an alert on his cellphone, which was the cash he deposited in his account, including that the policemen began accusing him of being a fraudster and demanding N1 million bribe from him.

“One of them slapped me. They drove us round locations in Ikorodu, Ijede, Gberigbe, Ibeshe, Igbe, Ipakodo, Itaelewa, Agric and First Gate, harassing individuals, transferring them within the automotive and accumulating big quantity from them.

“They collected N50,000 from me. I seen that at every junction that we reached individuals had been hailing their chief by his nickname (OJ. Ojewunmi). And one by title Austin slapped me.

“They picked me up around 9a.m. and dropped me 6p.m. after collecting money from me. They even used my account to collect money from the guys that I met in the car and used my ATM to withdraw them,” the complainant alleged.

Upon receipt of the grievance, Shogunle mentioned an investigation crew was dispatched to Ikorodu and it was found that the policemen weren’t connected to FSARS. He mentioned the dismissed policemen and one Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bayo Obadia, with drive quantity 98199, who led the rogue crew, had been arrested.

“PCRRU preliminary investigation revealed that each one the allegations contained within the WhatsApp message really occurred. Also the 4 law enforcement officials, who had been armed on the day of the incident falsely paraded themselves as operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) regardless of not being posted to SARS by police authorities.

“Investigation also showed that the officers extorted a total sum of N200,000 from the young men who they tagged “Yahoo Boys.” The cash was compelled from them (victims) through N90,000 ATM withdrawal and N110,000 cell financial institution cash switch to a 3rd social gathering account supplied by the policemen. All the extorted N200,000 was recovered by the PCRRU investigators.”

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