The Ogun State Police Command says it has dismissed from service the three policemen, who were involved in the alleged forceful extortion of the sum of N153,000 from a Lagos State University student, Sheriff Adedigba.
The three policemen; Inspector Sunday John, and Sergeants Jimoh Asimiya and Solomon Adedapo were alleged to have forcefully extorted the said amount from the victim while he was travelling from Abeokuta to Lagos.
According to a statement by the state Police Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, having heard about the incident on social media, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the officers involved in the dastardly act.
He added that the three policemen were quickly identified and apprehended.
Oyeyemi said, “The money was recovered from them and returned to the victim. They were subsequently arranged for departmental orderly room trial on three-count charge of corrupt practices, discreditable conduct and disobedience to lawful order.
“They were found guilty of all the charges, and subsequently dismissed from the force to serve as deterrent to others in their shoes.
“The victim, who was also present to give evidence was full of praise for the Commissioner of Police and the management team, for their prompt response to the incident, which he said rekindled his hope in the Nigeria Police Force.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has appealed to members of the public to always endeavour to report any act of misconduct from any officer of the command to him personally, or through any of the principal officers of the command, “as such will be treated with utmost urgency.”
He also warned officers of the command “to desist from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the command as such will not be condoned.”