Three policemen attached to Amukoko Division – Sergeant Osaseri Saturday, Sergeant Segun Okun and Corporal Adekunle Oluwarotimi – have been tried and dismissed from the Nigeria Police for breaching the rules of engagement by reckless application of firearms.
This was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti.
Oti said the policemen committed the offence on January 11, 2018 at about 9:30pm at Ifelodun Street, Amukoko, Lagos State when they disproportionately responded with bullets fired from their weapons at some youths alleged to have hurled some non ballistic missiles at them.
Missiles hurled at them included stones, sticks and bottles, leading to the death of one of the youths and injury on another.
The policemen were subsequently arrested, detained and tried immediately on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi.
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 for legal advice.
Owing to this, Imohimi has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in Lagos State to warn their men against misapplication of force.
He further warned that officers must abide by the Rules of Engagement as stipulated in Force Order 237.