Reports of the dismissal of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abayomi Shogunle and Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Dolapo Badmos are incorrect, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has said.
Shogunle was a former head of the Police Public Complaint Unit while Badmos a former spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command and later the Zone Two Command.
A list purportedly submitted by the Presidential Panel on Police Reforms was Saturday afternoon posted online, including names and service numbers of 37 officers alleged to have been recommended for dismissal, demotion, or warning.
Spokesman for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said the news of their dismissal could not be true since the Commission had not met.
“The Commission did not sit yesterday and I am not aware of any dismissal. The Commission meets officially before any decision is taken and it has not met,” he said.
Immediately a list containing the names of these two officers, was reportedly shared by foreign policy analyst, Ayo Akanji, the fake news went viral online,amplified by GoldmyneTV,a supposed reputable social media platform.
Checks by The Nation revealed neither Shogunle nor Badmos has been dismissed from the police as insinuated.
A senior police officer told our correspondent the report was fake wondering what the duo of Shogunle and Badmos might have done to warrant dismissal.
“Neither of them were in SARS. So, if they are talking about the dismissal of former SARS officers, they should not be among.
“It can’t be true. Maybe they were queried before and some type of punishments was allocated to them. Some punishments can be a very minor eg warning letter. Social media lies are too much". he said.