The Nigerian Police on Thursday announced the dismissal of two inspectors, Sunday Adetoye with AP. No. 279495 and Ogunleye Stephen with AP. No. 223521 both were attached to the Zonal Command Headquarters Onikan Lagos.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Ari Muhammed, disclosed in a statement signed by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Tunni Ayuba, that both were arrested for armed robbery, corruption and illegal duty.
The two, are currently facing trial for allegedly conspiring with three civilians to rob two men of their valuables at Obada-Oko in Ogun State.
“The officers on November 23, 2023, at 10 p.m, in the company of three others; two members of Vigilante Group, Semiu Afisu, Abidoye Femi and Charles John (the driver), went to the residence of Taiwo Monsuru and Akintola Sunday, armed with two SMG rifles and live ammunition.
“They conducted a search without a warrant where they made away with five iPhones, one Samsung smartphone, one Tecno smartphone, and two laptop computers.
“Police officers attached to Ifo Division mounted a roadblock after other residents of the apartment informed them of the incident with the description of the vehicle, which led to the apprehension of the occupants of the vehicle.”
According to him, one officer who led the illegal operation, ASP Ajayi Victor, is currently at large.
The AIG has directed that the dismissed officers be charged to court alongside the civilians involved, while he urges all officers and men of the force to remain professional in the discharge of their duties in accordance with the law, as anyone found wanting will be accountable for his/her action or inaction.
He further emphasizes that the current management of the Nigeria Police Force, under the leadership of IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun will not tolerate any form of unprofessional and corrupt practice, while he implores members of the public to always report unprofessional conduct of officers and men, as the Police is always there for the protection of all.