OYOGist.com has learned that the Nigeria Police Force has dismissed Inspector Charles Omotosho, an officer attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robery Squad (FSARS), who extorted N5,000 from some road users in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
According to Princess Ife, one of the victims, who shared the incident on Twitter with screenshot of the alert from the bank transfer she made to the corrupt officer on May 16. She said Omotosho had threatened to shoot them, except they paid a ‘ransom’ of N5000.
She tweeted: “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. Threatening they were going to waste our lives. I made a transfer so that they can be traced.”
The Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the Police Force, while responding to Ife’s allegations against the operatives, promised to investigate the issue and make their findings public.
However, three months after the incident, PCRRU announced the dismissal of corrupt officer, following the completion of the police investigation.
A tweet via the handle of the PCCRU read: “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 (names withheld) 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.”