Nigeria: Police dismiss SARS official for extortion of N5,000

The Lagos State Police Command finally fired a SARS officer, Inspector Charles Omotosho, who allegedly extorted N5,000 from road users in the Ikorodu region.

On May 12, the policeman was fired after his activities were revealed by Princess Ife, who claimed that Omotosho had threatened to shoot them, except that they had paid a “ransom” for N5000.

Her tweet read: “With my encounter today, it is safe to say SARS are armed robbers. Was going for a shoot in Ikorodu today and armed member of SARS pulled us over and made us pay for no reason.”

Three months after the Rapid Police Complaint Response Unit promised to investigate the matter and draw the conclusions of the public inquiry, the SARS official received his letter of introduction.

When announcing the dismissal of Omotosho after the police investigations, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) tweeted;

“UPDATE #PCRRU316356. The Assistant-Inspector General of Police Zone 2, Lagos, AIG Ibrahim Adamu has reviewed the Orderly Room proceedings and approved the punishment of dismissal of AP. No. 136207 Inspr. Charles Olusola Omotosho from @PoliceNG wef 16.07.2018.

“Omotosho attached to SARS Ikorodu, Lagos at the time was found guilty of Corrupt Practices and Discreditable Conduct contrary to Para. C (ii) and E (iii) of Police Act and Regulations CAP. P19 LFN 2004.

“Three other accomplices of the dismissed Inspector were awarded punishment of reduction in rank from Sergeant to Corporal by the AIG. All @PoliceNG items (uniforms & ID card) have since been retrieved from the dismissed Inspector.”

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