Four police inspectors attached to the Lagos State Police Command are to face the orderly room trial for allegedly extorting N70,000 from a teenager, Segun.
This was contained in a statement made available to our correspondent by the state Police Public Relations, Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Friday.
He said the cops committed the offence on 18th January, 2021, at NGAB Junction, Isheri area of Lagos State, in a Toyota Corolla car.
He added that the picture of the policemen, that were caught in the act of unprofessionalism and extortion, had gone viral on the social media which attracted the Complaint Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Force Headquarters Abuja.
Adejobi explained that the unit tracked the policemen for necessary police action, and their case was subsequently referred to the Lagos State Police Command for further action.
He the names and service numbers of the cops viz: 223329 Inspr Emmanuel Michael, 146504 Inspr Subday Odubiyi, 256496 Inspr Lawrence Amedu, and 255043 Inspr Aroye Dickson.
He said after due interrogation, the policemen confessed to the crime and refunded the N70,000 to Segun who is a student, on bond, which formed a key credible evidence/exhibit in the case.
Adejobi stated that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the act of the police inspectors “which is detrimental to the image of the Police Force and counterproductive to the ongoing reform agenda of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni.
“He has, however, ordered for the orderly room trial of the Inspectors with immediate effect so as to serve as deterrent to other criminally-minded police personnel in the command and beyond.”
Odumosu also warned officers and men in the state that the command would spread its tentacles in fighting against such criminal, unprofessional and disgusting act amongst police personnel in Lagos State.
He also assured the general public of people-oriented and community-based policing styles in Lagos State, as justice will be done in Segun’s case.