Four policemen attached to the Ijebu-Ode Area Command have been dismissed from service with immediate effect.
The policemen were dismissed after an Orderly Room trial because of professional misconduct, particularly extortion.
The affected policemen are Inspector Mufutau Olaogun, Sergeant Adeayo Temitope, Corporals Adesoye Ayokunlehin and Bakare Taiwo.
According to the head of Public Complaint, Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Mr. Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), the petition that led to investigation and subsequent dismissal, was lodged on June 12 by an aggrieved man, whose name was withheld and who had complained of unjust arrest, extortion and detention by the affected policemen.
Shogunle said: “In line with the fight against corruption and ensuring adherence to the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign of the Federal Government, the Nigeria Police Force has approved the dismissal from service of four police officers attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State.
“They are (1) AP. No 122800 Inspector Mufutau Olaosun, (2) F/No. 366127 Sergeant Adebayo Temitope, (3) F/No. 455593 Corporal Bakare Taiwo and (4) F/No. 455554 Corporal Adesoye Ayokunlehin who were charged, tried and found guilty in an Orderly Room conducted at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode for two offences against discipline as provided for in Paragraphs E (iii) Discreditable Conduct and C (ii) Corrupt Practice under the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the PCRRU is set to decide the cases of four more police officers.
A senior officer, who spoke in confidence yesterday, said the cases also bordered on alleged extortion and abuse of power.
He said: “The police, through the PCRRU, are determined to flush out bad eggs soiling our image. In fact, the case of four officers will be decided this week.”