The police in Lagos at the weekend announced that three policemen attached to Amukoko Division: 25759 Sgt. Osaseri Saturday, 35 9075 Sgt. Segun Okun, 496833 Cpl. Adekunle Oluwarotimi have been tried and dismissed from the Nigeria Police for, ”breaching the rules of engagement with reckless application of firearms”.
This is contained in a statement by the command’s spokesperson, SP Chike Oti.
It said the Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs), committed the offence on the 11/01/2018, at about 2130 hours, at Ifelodun street, Amukoko, Lagos.
The ex-personnel had ”disproportionately” fired at some youths alleged to have hurled stones, sticks and bottles at them.
One of the youths was killed and another injured.
The trio were arrested, detained and tried immediately on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos state, CP Edgal Imohimi.
The statement noted that, “The guilty verdict was passed on them by the Adjudicating officer, who considered that the officers did not appreciate the situation critically and ought not to have applied the maximum force on the unruly youths.”
Meanwhile the officers will be charged to court next week, while a duplicate copy of the case file would be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.
“Sequel to the above occurrence, the Commissioner of Police has directed all the Area Commanders and DPOs in Lagos state to warn their men against misapplication of force,” Oti added.
“He further warned that officers must abide by the Rules of Engagement (ROE) as stipulated in Force Order 237.”