Richard Ginika Izuora
A Police officer found guilty of attempted murder has been summarily dismissed from service.
The Police Command in Lagos had ordered the prosecution of one Sgt. Eze Aiwansoba for firing at, and also attempting to kill his lady friend, Joy Ndubueze.
The Command’s Spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Monday, April 12, that the incident happened on October 8, at Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.
The affected policeman was attached to the Special Protection Unit, Base 16, Ikeja at the time of the incident.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, ordered for a room trial of the suspect; where he was found guilty and recommended for dismissal.
“The approval for his dismissal was contained in a letter numbered PC. 458465/LS/DFA/2, dated Feb. 2, 2021.
“After his dismissal, Ex-Sergeant Eze Aiwansoba was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for prosecution via letter numbered AR:3100/LS/SPM/Vol.2/311, dated February 3, 2021,” the statement added.
Adejobi said the Director of Public Prosecution recommended that the ex-police sergeant be charged for attempted murder.
He also said the suspect was subsequently charged to Yaba Magistrates’ Court on Feb. 9; likewise adding that the CP had vowed to punish any erring Police officer.
“The State CID had written a letter to the Director of Public Prosecution, Lagos State, for legal advice which was eventually replied.
“It noted that the sergeant should be charged to court for attempted murder; contrary to Section 230, Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“The ex-sergeant was charged to Magistrate Court, Yaba, on Feb. 9, 2021, with attempted murder of Joy Ndubueze and the case is still on,” he said.
The CP assured the public that no erring Police personnel would go unpunished as the Command will not condone any act of criminality and unprofessionalism in all areas, it said.