Four Policemen Dismissed in Ogun for Extortion, Illegal Arrest

Four policemen attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State, have been dismissed by the Inspector General of Police for exhortion and illegal arrest.
The men were found guilty of extorting N50,000 from a man they arrested for no just cause.
Affected by the dismissal are Inspector Mufutau Olaosun, Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin.
The police said the dismissal was in line with the fight against corruption.
According to a statement by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Sogunle, who heads the Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, the men were dismissed after they were found guilty in an Orderly Room trial at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode.
The case against the culprits, according to the statement, was that ‎on June 12, 2017 the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint via its WhatsApp number 0805 700 0003.
The complaint read: “Good morning sir, My name is (Withheld), living in Ijebu Ode, on Wednesday afternoon I went to withdraw money from the bank and am been sent by my boss when going back to the office some policeman car just double cross me and collect my phone telling I stole the phone I should follow them to the station and 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 afford being beating,” the complainant said.
“After I have gotten there they started calling me a internet fraudster which I told them am not that am an (withheld) and they started beating 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 ealizing me.
“Sir that’s my story. All this are not good and policeman are meant to protect us but this nowadays police officer have turned this to another thing by using their power to ride civilians, maltreating and harassing civilian. The officers name who headed the squad are been called which I overhead are name: one is Omo Alaja while the second is called AY but don’t know the name of the other 2 officer. Please sir you have to stop this kind of officer because they are taking this to far,” the complainant said.
The statement added that: “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.
“The extorted N50,000 was subsequently recovered from these unethical policemen who were armed in plain clothes on the day of the incident.
“Necessary disciplinary measures were initiated against the erring policemen, 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 accoutrements including warrant cards (ID cards) issued to the men have been retrieved with all dismissal procedures completed.”
The statement said the police authorities found the complaint genuine and were mortified that policemen could conduct in such crude manner and take money for bail, despite the #BailisFree campaign by the police themselves, the statement added.
“Their action is contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police and unacceptable”, said Sogunle.
The police added that the complainant was also handed back his N50,000 with an apology a day after he lodged the complaint.
The complainant was quoted as saying, “Great job you people are doing right there, thank you for the prompt response.”

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