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  • Updated: February 23, 2024

Police arrest officers for alleged N30 million extortion

Police arrest officers for alleged N30 million extortion

The Nigeria Police Force said it has arrested some of its officers for allegedly extorting the sum of N30.3 million from a civilian in Abuja.

The arrest comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun issued a stern warning to officers of the force against extortion.

Following the arrest of the officers attached to the Special Tactical Squad, the IGP has ordered for immediate and thorough investigation into the allegation to ensure justice is served.

As contained in a statement on Friday morning by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force spokesperson, the victim had contacted the police via the X Platform to register his grievances.

According to Adejobi, the force remains committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism, accountability, and integrity, while assuring the public that the force remains resolute in ensuring its officers act within the confines of the law in the discharge of their duties. 

The statement partly reads: "Following the recent act of extortion by some officers of the Nigeria Police attached to the Special Tactical Squad in Abuja who extorted a member of the public of the sum of Thirty Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N30,300,000), which was brought to the notice of the Force via the X Platform, 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.

"The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM, 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 emphasized 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 behaviour not only tarnishes the reputation of the Force but also undermines the collective efforts to maintain law and order in our country.

"The Nigeria Police Force remains resolute in its quest to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and accountability. 

"As guardians of public safety and the rule of law, we are deeply committed to ensuring that all officers adhere strictly to ethical conduct and demonstrate staunch integrity in the discharge of their duties. 

"The NPF recognizes that transparency and accountability are paramount in maintaining public trust and will continue to take decisive action against any misconduct within our ranks."

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