An Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Oyingbo, Lagos, has sentenced three policemen to two years imprisonment over negligence, which led to the stealing of their service rifles.
Sergeant Felix Okwa, 47; Corporal Ogu Romanus, 46, and Constable Sunday Okoh, 34 were sentenced by Magistrate A. Demi-Ajayi on Wednesday. They will also serve a six-month community service after completing their jail term.
The policemen attached to Ishashi Police Division of Lagos State Police Command, were said to be on patrol on December 12 at 11.30p.m., when an unknown guest invited them for dinner at Regional Hotel, also in Ishashi, claiming he wanted to reward them for a job they did for him.
The unknown guest later identified as Kezzy was said to have fed the policemen with food laced with drugs. They slept off and their weapons, three AK-47 rifles and 90 live ammunition were stolen.
The unconscious policemen were arrested and later charged to court after the hotel manager reported the matter at the Ishashi Police Station.