By ‘kanmi AKINLADE, Investigator Correspondent Northern Zone/
ABUJA– FOUR ostensibly gullible police Inspectors who threw caution to the wind and engaged in a barefaced extortion have been arrested by Police detectives attached to the Federal Capital Territory Command Abuja.
The circumstances surrounding the extortion of a young man forced into a bank to withdraw money and handed it over to the affected police thieves had yet to be determined but a video clip showed the unnamed man hand over the unspecified amount to the officers.
Though the names of the affected corrupt police personnel were not made public but a statement signed by the Command’s PRO DSP Josephine Adem and made available to CrimeWorld magazine online said the Commissioner of Police CP Sunday Babaji had ordered their arrest and immediate trial.
Adeh said, “The Fct Commisioner of Police CP Sunday Babaji, psc has ordered the immediate arrest and investigation of Police officers in the viral extortion video.
Following the above, the officers who were on traffic duty along Area 11, where a young man whose identity is yet to be identified was intercepted and extorted, have been taken into custody and are currently under investigation towards unraveling facts surrounding the situation.
The Command wishes to call on anyone who has a way of reaching out to the young man in the video to avail the Command with his contact details or to relay a message of invitation to the Public Relations Office of the Command .The CP who received the news with grave bewilderment described the attitude of the officers as a Discreditable conduct, an act unbecoming of a Police Officers, and a total deviation from the core values of uprightness expected of a Police officer.
The CP also stated that the act is unacceptable and will not be condoned in the command as hesitation will not be made in the administration of a commensurate disciplinary action. In the light of the above,CP while registering the assurance of the Command’s unflinching commitment towards service in line with standard best practices , wishes to remind residents of the availability of the Public Complaints Bureau line ;0902 222 2352, a number specially created for members of the public to report any unprofessional conduct of Police officers while discharging their duties.
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Finally, while urging residents to not relent in cooperating with the Police as touching the rendition of prompt and accurate information relevant in fighting crime and criminality in the FCT, The command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distresses through the following lines: 08032003913, 08061581938.”
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