The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has sacked four policemen attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State ,courtesy reports to NPF’s Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit,PPCRRU.
Affected by the dismissal are Inspector Mufutau Olaosun, Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin were found culpable of extorting N50,000 from a man they arrested on trumped up charges.
According to a statement by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Shogunle, who heads the PPCRRU, the men were dismissed after they were found guilty in an Orderly Room trial at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode.Ogun State.
They were charged with discreditable Conduct and Corrupt Practice under the First Schedule of Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The four men on 7 June, without any grounds, arrested a man who was just leaving a bank and took him to the Igbeba Station, where they labelled him a “yahoo boy” and made him frog jump and write a self-incriminating statement, that he was an internet fraudster.
“After the maltreatment, they released the man and also impounded the N50,000 he had gone to collect on behalf of his boss, saying it was payment for his bail. The man lodged a complaint with the PPCRRU.
The police authorities found the complaint genuine and were mortified that policemen could take money for bail, despite the #BailisFree campaign by the police themselves.
Their action ,according to ACP Shogunle ,on the units tweeter timeline is contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police and unacceptable.
“The money had since been recovered from the four policemen and given back to the man,” he disclosed.
Meanwhile,the PPCRRU has advised members of the public with complaints of Have you been maltreatment by policemen to always feel free to lodge them directly to the Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit at the following numbers and platforms:
Phone Calls Only: 08057000001, 08057000002 | SMS/WhatsApp Only: 08057000003 | BBM:58A2B5DE | Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU | Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR PolicePCRRU@gmail.com.