Police arrest, detain inspectors, sergeants for extortion

The Nigerian Police Force through its Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) has ordered the arrest and detention of four of its personnel who have been accused of extorting members of the public.

According to a statement issued by the Unit of Wednesday, the action follows a complaint by the victim on his facebook page wall that went viral recently.

According to the officer in charge of the unit, Mr. Abayomi Sogunle in a statement he issued on Wednesday, the force immediately registered the case and ticket number PCRRU972905 was issued for investigation into the allegation.

“The author of the post (name withheld) was contacted and a meeting between him and PCRRU investigators took place at the Force Headquarters Annex, Moloney Street, Lagos on Monday 21st August, 2017.” Sogunle wrote.

He identified those detained as two Inspectors and two Sergeants attached to Ogudu Divison.

Sogunle said the officer have since removed from duty that involves any form of contact with members of the public pending the conclusion of a detailed investigation.

He added that “PCRRU preliminary investigation shows that the policemen on the 16th of August, 2017 at about 11:00am intercepted the complainant along Ogudu road and in the course of their interaction went beyond their mandate by going through the contents of the complainant’s mobile phone.

“Bank statement of account confirms that the complainant following the orders of one of the officers transferred the sum of fifteen thousand naira (N15,000) into the account of a third party (name withheld).

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris NPM, mni has directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation into this alleged misconduct and appropriate disciplinary action taken against anyone found to have erred.

“All four policemen and bank statement of account have been handed over to the AIG Zone 2 today by PCRRU investigators for the required action.”

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