Two policemen (names withheld) attached to Ogidi Area Command, Anambra state, have been arrested by the commissioner of police, John Bassey Abang, for allegedly extorting a widow, Mrs Love Mbachu, of N60,000.
Disclosing this recently, the Anambra state police public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said that following the complaint made by a journalist, Nweke Nweke, about the alleged extortion, the CP ordered for investigation of the matter and that the two policemen involved had been arrested.
The press statement read thus in part, “Recall that on the 29/7/2019, following the report that policemen attached to Ogidi Area command allegedly extorted the sum of N60,000 from one Mrs. Love Mbachu and two others in which the commissioner of police, CP John B. Abang, fdc directed ACP X SQD to recover the money within 12 hours, investigate and ensure justice and equity is done the matter.
“I am happy to inform you that in compliance with the CP’s directives, the policemen involved have been arrested, defaulted and the money, sum of sixty thousand naira (N60,000) was also recovered and handed over to the victims.”
He added that the duo would be tried in the orderly room after investigations. Narrating a similar occurrence within the same period, UcheNdeke of Purity FM shared how the police helped a mechanic recover N1000 that was extorted from him by some stop and search policemen. He wrote this on a Police WhatsApp group, “A colleague of mine who resides in Mgbakwu, Awka North LGA, gave her small machine to a mechanic to change the kick.
“The mechanic took the machine to Nnewi to change the kick and fix other things. On his way back, he met police officers on patrol at Nawfia area. They stopped and asked him to pay five thousand naira or will never see the machine again, if they carry it to the headquarters. He called the owner, who luckily, was in the office with me.
“I spoke with the policemen through the mechanic, but he insisted they guy should pay or they go with the bike. After negotiations with them, he paid one thousand naira (N1, 000). This was after we had called the PPRO to explain situations to him.
“Today, Monday 29/7/19, the mechanic was invited by the PPRO; he came and identified the policemen that collected the money from him. Gentlemen, they were meant to not only refund the N1, 000 but also paid additional N500 as transport fare for the mechanic.
“Thanks to our able commissioner of police, CP John B. Abang for his zero tolerance on corruption, and, of course, the command’ PPRO, SP Haruna Muhammed, for their untiring efforts in redeeming the image of the police and restoring public confidence.”