The Lagos State Police Command has sacked three police officers over reckless shooting, which resulted in the killing of a youth and injuring another.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Chike Oti identified the dismissed officers attaached to the Amukoko Division as Sgt. Osaseri Saturday, Sgt. Segun Okun and Cpl. Adekunle Oluwarotimi.
The statement said the police officers had been tried and dismissed from the Nigeria Police for breaching the rules of engagement to wit reckless application of firearms.
“The aforementioned Non Commissioned Officers(NCOs), committed the offence on the 11/01/2018, at about 2130 hours, 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 such as stones, sticks and bottles leading to the death of one of the youths and injury on another.
“They were 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( DPP) for legal advice,” the police command said.
The statement said the Commissioner of Police had directed all the Area Commanders and DPOs in Lagos State to warn their men against misapplication of force.
He further warned that officers must abide by the Rules of Engagement ( ROE) as stipulated in Force Order 237.