Police dismiss four Ogun Policemen for extortion - Trends and Politics


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Police dismiss four Ogun Policemen for extortion

The dismissed policemen L-R; Ex-Sgt. Adeayo Temitope, Ex-Inspr. Mufutau Olaogun, Ex-Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin and Ex-Cpl. Bakare Taiwo at the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), FHQ Abuja in the course of the investigation

The Nigeria Police Force has approved the dismissal from service of four police officers attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State. They are AP. No 122800 Inspr. Mufutau Olaosun; F/No. 366127, Sgt. Adebayo Temitope; F/No. 455593, Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and F/No. 455554 Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin who were charged, tried and found guilty in an Orderly Room conducted at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode for two offences against discipline as provided for in Paragraphs E (iii) Discreditable Conduct and C (ii) Corrupt Practice under the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

On the 12th of June, 2017, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint via WhatsApp number 0805 700 0003 which stated thus;
Good morning sir. My name is (Withheld), living in Ijebu Ode. On Wednesday afternoon, I went to withdraw money from the bank. I was sent by my boss. When going back to the office, some policeman in a car just double crossed me and collected my phone, telling me that I stole the phone and that I should follow them to the station. They took me to Igbeba police station here in Ijebu asked me to do frog jump from outside to a room, which I did to avoid being beaten.
After getting there, they started calling an internet fraudster which I told them I'm no, t that I'm an (withheld) and they started beating and slapping me and forcing me to write a statement which they are the one telling me what to write and after that, they collected 50,000 from me( from my boss money which I went to withdraw before releasing me. Sir, that’s my story.
All these are not good and policeman are meant to protect us but nowadays police officers have turned this to another thing by using their power to ride civilians, maltreating and harassing civilians. The officers names who headed the squad are being called which I overhead are name: Omo Alaja while the second is called AY but don’t know the name of the other 2 officers. Please sir, you have to stop this kind of officers because they are taking this to far”.
The complaint was immediately registered, Tracking Number PCRRU451591 issued and investigation was initiated. The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Igbeba Division, Ijebu-Ode was mandated to commence an enquiry straightaway. The policemen were identified and it was discovered that they apprehended the complainant on 7th June, 2017 without any reasonable cause and extorted the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) “Bail Money” despite the #BailisFree campaign before he was eventually released same day. The extorted N50,000 was subsequently recovered from these unethical policemen who were armed in plain clothes on the day of the incident. Their action is contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police and unacceptable.
Necessary disciplinary measures were initiated against the erring policemen and they were found guilty as charged in an Orderly Room trial after the presentation of witnesses and exhibits. Punishment of dismissal from service was recommended by the adjudicating officer and proceedings reviewed by the relevant Nigeria Police Force (NPF) authorities. The punishment of dismissal from service has been upheld with immediate effect and all NPF uniforms and accouterments including warrant cards (ID cards) issued to the men have been retrieved with all dismissal procedures completed.
The complainant was also handed back his N50,000 with an apology a day after he lodged the complaint. The elated man after receiving his money thanked the PCRRU, he said “Great job you people are doing right there, thank you for the prompt response”.
Furthermore, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris while reiterating his stand on zero tolerance for corruption vows to “flush out those tarnishing police image” from the Force. 
The IGP also impressed it upon the PCRRU to ensure that all allegations of professional misconduct against the police are promptly investigated and officers found wanting in any proven case be made to face appropriate sanctions as stipulated by relevant laws.

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