Four policemen of the Lagos State Police Command are in trouble for allegedly extorting N15,000 from a victim (name withheld) along Ogudu area of Lagos State.
The officers, Mathew Oladujoye, Oba Roland, and two others whose names were withheld, were said to have been arrested and currently detained for illegally collecting N15,000 from a member of the public.
Abayomi Shogunle, Head, Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Shogunle said that preliminary investigation showed that the police officers went beyond their mandate by going through the contents of the complainant’s cell phone.
“Bank statement of account confirms that the complainant following the orders of one of the officers transferred N15,000 into the account of a third party (name withheld),” he said.
Shogunle said that following the viral social media post, the PCRRU immediately registered the case and issued ticket number.
He said that the police officers involved had been removed from duty that involved any form of contact with members of the public pending the conclusion of a detailed investigation.
He said that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter.
“All four policemen and bank statement of account have been handed over to the AIG Zone 2 today by PCRRU investigators for the required action,” he said.
He said that the unit is open 24 hours a week to receive and resolve all complaints relating to issues of police misconduct from across the country.