In an effort to restore the battered image of the police in the state, new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered the immediate removal of the officer in charge of the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Squad, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Akinade Adejobi, over alleged abuse of office.
The spokesman for the command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed Adejobi’s removal to journalists on Monday.
He said the commander’s removal would ensure impartial investigation into alleged bribery, sexual molestation and detention of a lady.
The spokesman said: “The CP has ordered the immediate removal of the O/C Anti-Kidnapping, CSP Adejobi back to the command. The CP is worried about this allegation and wants justice to be done.
“He requested that all parties involved come for an interview at the police command on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., including the alleged victim.
“The New CP has also directed that the DC Panti commence a discreet and in-depth investigation into the allegation.
“He is reassuring Lagosians that every officer found indicted by their actions or inaction on this matter will face the full weight of the police regulations.”
The Network on Police Reform In Nigeria (NOPRIN) had petitioned the new commissioner over the alleged abuse of office by the anti-kidnapping commander and some men under his watch.
The petition alleged that one Blessing, a single mother, was arrested over alleged theft of $50,000 (about N18 million).
It said the officers demanded for N70,000 bribe for Blessing’s bail, while the accused sister was allegedly molested sexually by some policemen at the unit.