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In Lagos Police dismiss 3 officers who attacked asthmatic patient with tear gas

The police authorities took action after a video went viral on social media showing the victim groaning in pains on the road.

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The three policemen accused to spraying tear gas on an asthmatic patient in Ojota area of Lagos State have been relieved of their duties.

A statement issued on Sunday, June 10, by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti said the officers were found guilty at an orderly room trial.

The victim, Solomon Ademuwagun, was said to have experienced a severe asthmatic crisis after the incident.

"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", the statement 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."

Viral video

The police authorities took action after a video went viral on social media on Thursday, June 7, showing Ademuwagun groaning in pains on the road after he was sprayed tear gas by the cops.

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UPDATE: THE SARS VICTIM WASN'T SHOT. HE HAD AN ASHTMA ATTACK FROM THE PEPPER SPRAY USED ON HIM. The officers involved have been artested on the Lagos State Police Commissioners orders and will stand trial. Too bad it's a police trial and not open to the public. We for don full there to see the outcome. I REALLY WISH THEY WOULD MAKE THE TRIALS AND IT'S OUTCOMES PUBLIC. THAT'S ONE OF THE WAYS THE CITIZENS CAN START TO TRUST THE POLICE AGAIN. I just confirmed from his girlfriend and the office of the @PoliceNGLagos PRO @chikeotigodwin Sars just shot a young man at Ojota! NOTICE: ANYONE WHO CAN IDENTIFY THE OFFICER IN THIS VIDEO, PLS DM ME OR @segalink WE NEED TO TRACE HIM AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY DID WITH THE VICTIM ASAP. @aleeygiwa @iheanachorifeanyiomuta @chikeotigodwin @tunjidisu @policenglagos @nigeriapoliceforce @saharareporters @smash9ja @yomisarsoga FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS A VOICE BUT CHOOSES TO KEEP QUIET, YOUR TIME WILL COME. FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS THE POWER TO STOP THIS ATROCITY BUT CHOOSES NOT TO, YOUR TIME WILL COME. Regrann from @newsroomdaily - A yet-to-be-identified man has allegedly been shot by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) at Chinese town, Ojota area of Lagos this afternoon. .. Eyewitnesses say the man only just alighted from a bus when the officials accosted him for a search, with claims he is a "Yahoo boy". .. The witnesses say the officials found nothing on the young man. .. Developing story... .. #newsroomdaily - #regrann

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Rapper Michael Stephens better known as Ruggedman had escalated the video on Instagram, asking his followers 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.

"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," he wrote.

It was rumoured that the victim was shot labelled a fraudster and shot by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

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The police had on Saturday dismissed the report that the victim was shot by SARS operatives, saying the erring policemen had been arrested.

In a follow-up statement on Sunday, the authorities announced that the officers have been dismissed.

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