The Lagos state police command of the Nigeria police force has dismissed three officers it found guilty of illegal arrest and extortion.
The affected officers are Okelue Nkemeonye, Braimoh Sunday and Yusuf Olukoga.
Abayomi Shogunle, an assistant commissioner of police, who disclosed this, encouraged members of the public to report the misconduct of police officers.
He said action was taken against the dismissed officers after a complaint.
The complainant had told the public complaint rapid response unit that he was arrested at gunpoint and money was forcefully collected from him after he was assaulted.
Shogunle said after investigation, it was found out that the allegations were true.
“Upon the receipt of the complaint, a case with tracking number PCRRU637624 was registered and acknowledgment of complaint sent to the complainant,” the statement read.
“PCRRU Investigation team was dispatched to Ikorodu where all the three dismissed policemen including AP No. 98199 ASP Bayo Obadia who led the team were apprehended. PCRRU preliminary investigation reveals that all the allegations contained in the WhatsApp message actually happened.
“Also the four police officers who were armed on the day of the incident falsely paraded themselves as operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) despite not being posted to SARS by police authorities. Investigation also shows that the officers extorted a total sum of N200,000 from the young men who they tagged ‘Yahoo Yahoo Boys’, the money was force from them via N90,000 ATM withdrawal and N110,000 mobile bank money transfer to a third party account provided by the policemen.
” All the extorted N200,000 was recovered by the PCRRU Investigators.
“The inspector-general of police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni has commended the complainant for coming forward to report the incident to PCRRU, the IGP has also said that all allegations of professional misconduct reported against any police officer would be treated in line with relevant laws and in keeping to the ‘Change Begins With Me Campaign’ of the federal government.”
He encouraged members of the public to report cases of police misconduct to the PCRRU through the following numbers and platforms: 08057000001, 08057000002 (phone calls only), 08057000003 (SMS/WhatsApp only) | BBM:58A2B5DE, | Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU | Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR PolicePCRRU@gmail.com.
Two weeks ago, four officers in Ogun state were dismissed for a similar offence.