Lagos command arrests nine policemen for extortion
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, said on Thursday that nine policemen, one traffic warden and two others have been arrested for extorting money from motorists.
Imohimi told the News Agency of Nigeria that the arrest was a follow-up to his warning to policemen in the command to guide against corruption and unprofessional conduct.
He said the X-Squad Unit had intensified its activities to ensure zero tolerance for corruption and unruly practices by operatives of the command.
Imohimi said, “In the light of this, operatives of the X-Squad have been out day and night to ensure that this renewed determination is achieved.
“To this effect, nine policemen and a senior traffic warden, along with two of their accomplices, popularly known as Camp Boys or Antelopes, were arrested between September 1 and 18, 2017.
“One of the Camp boys, Taofik Ismaila, was arrested along Ikotun Road on September 8, along with some unscrupulous policemen, who were caught extorting money from motorists.”
“Similarly, the unit also arrested one Stephen Nwafor along Igando Road with some policemen caught collecting money from motorists.
“The policemen are currently undergoing departmental orderly room trial to ensure a total purging of the command of its bad eggs, while their civilian accomplices are being charged to court.”
The police commissioner said he had also directed that the Divisional Police Officers and the Divisional Traffic Officers of the affected divisions be issued queries for lack of supervision and disobedience to lawful orders.
He urged the executive and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers to warn their members from being used by unscrupulous policemen as tools of extortion. Punch