In his efforts to rid the Nigeria Police of bad elements, the IGP, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the detention of four Police Officers from Ogudu Division in Lagos.
Four police officers attached to Ogudu Divison in Lagos State have been detained following their alleged involvement in extorting money from their victim.
The officers were alleged to have collected money through transfer after they went through phone and bank details of their victim.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has however ordered a detailed investigation into their case and also ordered their removal from frontline duties.
The directive is contained in a bulletin released by the Officer in charge of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), ACP Abayomi Shogunle.
The decision was reached after a social media post went viral about how some police officers were forcefully trying to collect the victim’s phone.
Narrating what he went through in a report submitted to the Unit, the complainant alleged that two officers; Mathew Olasiji Olaadujoye and Oba Roland stationed along Ogudu road pulled him over and asked for his cell phone.
His report reads: “I refused to hand it over because I felt it was infringement of my privacy but it was forcefully taken and my messages were viewed along with my account details and other private areas in phone and I was extorted.
“The excuse for this was because they saw in my google app that I had more than one gmail log in. They tagged me a yahoo boy and I was detained for four hours and my car keys taken from me. I wasn’t released until I transferred to Mathew’s account a total of N15,000”
On what the police did after the complaint was received, Shogunle said: “The Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) immediately registered the case and ticket number PCRRU972905 was issued.
“The author of the post 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.
“The police officers involved; two Inspectors and two Sergeants attached to Ogudu Divison, Lagos state have been identified and removed from duty that involves any form of contact with members of the public pending the conclusion of a detailed investigation.”
Giving outcome of preliminary investigation conducted, Shogunle said: “PCRRU preliminary investigation shows that the policemen on the 16th of August, 2017 at about 11:00am intercepted the complainant along Ogudu raoad 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 N15,000 into the account of a third party”.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris however directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation into the alleged misconduct and appropriate disciplinary action taken against anyone found to have erred.
I would be recalled that the IGP, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the dismissal of ten policemen from its fold for offences ranging from bribery to extortion in the past two months.
www.sojworld.com © August 23, 2017.