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Three Policemen Dismissed for Using Tear-Gas on an Asthmatic Patient

Valentine Chinyem

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Three policemen have been dismissed by the Lagos state police command, for using tear gas on an asthmatic patient, in Ojota, a surburb of Lagos.

This was following a video which was shared online by passer-by, and had gone viral. The video showed the victim, Ademuwagun Solomon groaning in pains on the road, after the incident; This spurred Nigerian hip-hop artist, Michael Stephens aka Ruggeedman, to call on Nigerians on Instagram, to rebroadcast the video to draw the attention of the authorities.

“Urgent: anybody with information about the officer in this video should please directly message me. We need to trace him and find out what they did to the victim. It’s time we start taking action,” he had said.

“Everybody repost this video until this officer and his team are found. It’s time to call out the police. We have him on video. Enough is enough.”

However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr, Chike Oti, who confirmed the dismissal, said the officers were given an orderly room trial where they were found guilty.

“The Lagos state police command wishes to inform members of the public that the commissioner of police, CP Edgal Imohimi, has dismissed three policemen, comprising an inspector and two sergeants, who were alleged to have sprayed tear gas on one Solomon Ademuwagun, which resulted in a severe asthmatic crisis. The incident took place at Chinese town, in the Ojota area of Lagos State,” he said.

“The men, whose names and service numbers are Inspector Momoh Sulaiman (220957), Sergeant Emmanuel Monday (429659) and Sergeant Adamu Usman (434246), were tried in an orderly room which commenced on Saturday, and were found guilty as charged. They were, therefore, dismissed and de-kitted accordingly.

“However, the dismissal proceeding of Inspector Momoh Sulaiman has been forwarded to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, for approval.”

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