A police officer attached to the Ipakodo-Ikorodu station of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Inspector Charles Omotosho, has been sacked for extorting five thousand naira from a road user in May.
While Omotosho, who was attached to SARS Ikorodu, Lagos, was dismissed, three other accomplice (names withheld) of the dismissed Inspector were awarded punishment of reduction in rank from Sergeant to Corporal by the Nigeria Police.
This is coming three months after a Twitter user, Ifeoluwa Adegoke, claimed that Omotosho had threatened to shoot him and others, except they paid a 'ransom' of N5000.
“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," Adegoke tweeted.
"Threatening they were going to waste our lives. I made a transfer so that they can be traced."
While responding to the allegation, the Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idris ordered the Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) of the Police Force, to investigate the case and make the findings public.
After the investigation, Omotosho 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" and was consequently dismissed.