The dismissal of Inspector Samuel Ukpabio has been approved by the Lagos State Police Command.
The officer was dismissed over alleged baby theft.
Announcing the dismissal in a statement on his verified Twitter handle, the command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin noted that the officer’s dismissal was approved on Thursday to pave the way for his prosecution.
He said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, reiterated his unwavering determination to police Lagos within the dictates of rule of law, civility and respect for human life.
Recall that a 35-year-old woman identified as Fortune Obhafuoso, had accused Ukpabio, who was attached to Panti Division, of conniving with others to steal her day-old baby.
The single mother of three explained that Ukpabio arrested her and accused her of attempting to sell the baby for N3m and forced her to write a statement to that effect.
Obhafuoso claimed that Ukpabio forcefully took away her new born baby and gave him to an unidentified woman a day after she gave birth.
She said Ukpabio gave her N185,000 and threatened her never to return for the child or he will arrest her and take the remaining two children from her.
She eventually reported the incident to a rights activist, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who petitioned security agents to wade into the issue.