Three police sergeants have been dismissed from the force for allegedly robbing a 33-litre load petroleum tanker driver in Delta state.
Zanna Ibrahim, the state commissioner of police identified the dismissed officers as Sgt. Christopher Onyegho (Ex-F/No.375631), Sgt. Nwakem Ebonzim (Ex-F/No.413318) and Sgt. Michael Chima (Ex-F/No.441254).
Ibrahim, who said the dismissed officers would soon be arraigned in court for prosecution, noted that their dismissal was done in line with the extant rules of the force.
The accomplices of the dismissed officers, who were already facing trial in court, said the suspects allegedly robbed a 33-litre load petroleum tanker in Agbor, area of the state, arrested and handcuffed the driver and his assistant and threw them into the bush.
They consequently took the stolen product to a filling station where it was sold in its usual manner.
“The three police officers have undergone department disciplinary measures. The department proceeding was completed before they were dismissed from service. What is left now is for us to charge them (ex-officers and civilian accomplices) to court; we are going to do that on Monday, August 14, 2017.
“The three ex-policemen and the two civilians who are already at Ogwashi-Uku Prison will be arraigned in court for prosecution,” Ibrahim said.
One of the dismissed officers, Nwakem Ebonzim, said that he received N500,000 for robbing the oil tanker and expressed regret over the act, saying he is a father of three and has served the force for 16 years.
“I am ashamed of myself now. I never knew what pushed me into it,” Ebonzim said.