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  • Updated: April 13, 2024

Edo: Police constable arrested for threatening civilians with AK-47

Edo: Police constable arrested for threatening civilians wit

The Edo State Police Command has arrested Prince Chima, a police constable assigned to the Department of Operatives (DOP), for reportedly threatening several people in their homes with an AK-47 weapon.

Funsho Adegboye, the state's Commissioner of Police, told reporters in Benin City about the Constable's arrest. 

Adegboye, in a statement signed on his behalf and made accessible to journalists by the command's Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, stated that the commissioner has ordered an orderly room trial.

The commissioner explained that the arrest of the police constable was in response to a viral video posted on X handle on April 7, 2024, in which a young man wearing a blue T-shirt, black joggers trousers, and blue palm slippers was seen alone threatening some people in their home with an AK-47 rifle.

He stated that as a result of the viral video, the command directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the X-Squad section to investigate the erring officer, determine his mental health status through the command medical officer, and commit him to a disciplinary process known as the Orderly Room Trial.

He said that throughout the inquiry, police officers used technological intelligence to apprehend the young man, and he was identified as a police constable attached to the Department of Operatives (DOP). 

Adegboye further stated that during the questioning, it was established that the erring police constable, Force Number 534023 PC, was enrolled on January 10, 2020, and trained at the Police Training School Ogida in Benin City.

“Started his policing career in Edo State Police Command and attached to the National Deputy Chairman South South of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Dan Orbih, via the Department of Operations.

“Police Constable Prince Chima said that on April 7, 2024, he was on duty at the Nipco Petrol Station along Siloko Road, Benin City, when a certain young man who came to charge his phone had an altercation with him and the man called him a smelling policeman.

“When the man left the petrol station for his residence, after the interventions of the manager of the petrol station, he followed him home, where what was seen in the video on the Internet happened,” he said.

He did, however, compliment the people for their patience and skill in dealing with the issue when the police officer brought a fight to their residence.

He pledged that the wrongdoing officer would bear the repercussions of his conduct. 

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