The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday announced that it had dismissed five out of 92 policemen for various offences in the first half of the year.
The Command’s Spokesman, SP Chidi Oti, has confirmed that three of the five dismissed policemen were tried in connection with the Ojota incident where policemen reportedly tear-gassed a man.
Oti said, “The Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, has dismissed the three police men, comprising an inspector and two sergeants, who were alleged to have sprayed tear-gas on Mr Ademuwagun Temitope Solomon which provoked severe asthmatic crisis in him.
“The incident took place at Chinese town, Ojota area of Lagos State.
Their names and service numbers were given as 220957 – Inspector Momoh Sulaiman; 429659 – Sgt. Emmanuel Monday and 434246 – Sgt. Adamu Usman.
The statement said they were tried in an orderly room which commenced on Saturday and were found guilty as charged.
“They were, therefore, dismissed and de-kitted accordingly. However, the dismissal proceeding of Inspector Momoh Sulaiman has been forwarded to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone Two for approval.
“Similarly, the command wishes to use this medium to release its half year disciplinary record for the period spanning from January to June, 2018.
“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 breakdown of types of punishment awarded to deserving officers is: Dismissal-5, Reduction in Rank-4, Major Entry-43, Severe Reprimand-3, Extra Fatigue-4, Warning Notice-28, Discharged and Acquitted-5, Total 92.
“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,” the statement said.