N30m extortion: IGP orders disciplinary action against errant cops

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered the commencement of disciplinary proceedings against some policemen attached to the Special Tactical Squad in Abuja for extorting the sum of N30.3 million from a member of the public.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a Friday statement shared on the police’s verified X page.

Adejobi said the case was brought to the police’s attention via X.

Popular human rights defender, Harrison Gwamnishu had shared a video on the platform where he narrated how the errant cops stopped an unnamed motorist, searched his phone, and made him transfer the huge sum to private accounts before letting him go.

“The Nigeria Police wishes to reveal and announce that significant progress has been made in apprehending the officers and their accomplices responsible for this unprofessional conduct as the squad who initially escaped upon commencement of investigations have been arrested and are currently in custody,” Adejobi said.

He added that the IGP, as part of his commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and accountability within the Nigeria Police Force, has ordered the commencement of disciplinary proceedings to ensure that justice is served swiftly and decisively.

“These disciplinary measures underscore the zero-tolerance stance of the Nigeria Police Force towards any form of misconduct or corruption among its ranks.

“The IGP also emphasised the imperativeness that those found to have violated the trust placed in them by the public face the full consequences of their actions, as such behavior not only tarnishes the reputation of the Force but also undermines the collective efforts to maintain law and order in our country,” Adejobi added.

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