Police detain four officers over viral extortion video

By AdvocateNews on 17/10/2021

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...Gov Bello vows to follow up case

Four policemen have been arrested in Kogi for extorting N25,000 from a traveller while physically assaulting another in a trending video.

The Kogi Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dauda Dabban, disclosed this in a statement signed by the police spokesperson, William Aya, on Sunday.

Mr Dabban said the command had also launched an investigation into the viral video allegation against the police personnel attached to Adogo Division.

According to the statement, they were alleged to have extorted N25,000 from a traveller and physically assaulted another while on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road.

The commissioner, who condemned the incident, said that the police officers had been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department.

According to him, they are Isah Barnabas, Ifediegwu Godwin, Emmanuel Ochima and Umameh Mathias.

He said that Mr Barnabas had been issued an official query while the three junior officers were currently undergoing Orderly Room Trial (police internal disciplinary action).

The police commissioner noted that the command was doing its best to establish contact with the victims and enjoined them to reach out to the Command through the number 08107899269.

Mr Dabban assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigation would be dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has vowed to follow up to the logical conclusion the case against the police officers who waged riotous attack on an innocent passenger in the state. 

Bello who made the vow while reacting  to the ugly development also commended the State Police Command for prompt action in the arrest and detention of the officers behind the dastardly act.

 It would be recalled that a viral video went out yesterday, showing how a Police Officer assaulted a passenger and also allegedly extorted him of N25,000 forcefully with the use of his ATM card.

The  Commissioner for Information and Communications,  Hon. Kingsley Femi Fanwo said in a statement issued on Sunday that the government will not accept any form of police brutality on the youth in the state.

The statement reads; ‘The Kogi State Government wishes to commend the leadership of the State Command of the Nigerian Police for heeding to the call made by Governor Yahaya Bello to fish out officers who waged riotous attack on an innocent passenger in the state. 

“Governor Yahaya Bello promptly directed the State Command to immediately fish out the riotous Police Officers who clearly infringed on the rights of the passenger as such flagrant abuse of rights is not condoned in the State. 

“As a Government,  we are pleased with the swift intervention of the Kogi State Commissioner of Police,  CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban on  the matter. We are aware the unprofessional Officers have been identified, apprehended and would be tried immediately. 

“As a Government led by young people,  we believe Police brutality against the youth is a thing we must kick against in view of our recent history as a nation. 

“The Government of Kogi State will follow up on this case to ensure justice is served and served adequately to signal a  deterrent for possible future occurrence. 

“Our nation will only thrive when the rights of the citizens are respected and protected. This is what the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello stands for in Kogi State and his wish for Nigeria. 

“We owe Nigerians a responsibility of protection  and security as the centre of the nation."

Posted 17/10/2021 6:54:33 PM


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