Extortion of LASU Student: Ogun Police Dismiss 3 Erring Officers

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From Felix Mordi

The Ogun State Police Command has booted out, from the Force, three policemen identified in the criminal act of arm-twisting a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), from whom the sum of N153,000 was forcefully collected.

The three “black sheep”, Inspector Sunday John, Sgt Jimoh Asimiya and Sgt Solomon Adedapo, attached to Squadron 16 of the Mobile Police Force (Mopol 16), Abeokuta, were recommended for dismissal by jurists of the departmental orderly trial instituted by the Command.

In a press statement, with Reference No: AZ:5310/OGS/PRO/VOL.7/12/, dated April 27, 2021 and available to Crime Puzzle, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said, the three policemen, had connived to forcefully extort the student, Sheriff Adedigba, while on transit from Abeokuta to Lagos, a scenario that was captured in a viral video.

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He said, on hearing the news, the embittered state Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun, ordered the immediate identification arrest and detention of the trio, and caused them to be “arraigned for departmental orderly room trial on three count charge of corrupt practices, discreditable conduct and disobedience to lawful order”.

“They were found guilty of all the charges, and subsequently dismissed them from the Force, to serve as a deterrent to others in their shoes”, the PPRO said, adding that the money had been recovered from them and handed over to the victim.

The statement further hinted that the victim, who was present to give evidence against them during the trial, was full of praises for the Commissioner of Police and the management team, for their prompt response to the incident, which he said rekindled his hope in the Nigeria police Force.

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Consequently, however, CP Ajogun has appealed to members of the public to always endeavour to report any act of misconduct from any officer of the Command to him personally, or through any of the principal officers of the command, as such will be treated with utmost urgency.

He also warned officers of the command to desist from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the command as such will not be condoned.

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