Police Inspector Dismissed For Justifying Extortion

The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed a police Inspector caught in a viral video in which he justified extortion and official corruption.

The Force spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement Friday, 29 July, 2022.

TheFact Daily gathered that in the 30-second clip, the dismissed officer, one Mr. Richard Gele, is seen talking to his victim, saying in pidgin, “If I wan collect money, I go collect beta moni, I no dey collect change, I no dey hide am. IG sef know, him go ask me, ‘ “how much you collect?” ‘ He goes on: My former Commander say, ‘ “If you wan collect money, collect the one wey me I go fit give an small if the case bust, no be the one wey me I go chop. Him say, collect better money, him go follow me chop am and him go defend me. I no dey collect change”. Then he asks his victim, ” How much dey there? How much dey there? Talk am out!”

According to Adejobi, the Inspector, with AP/No. 188547, and who hails from Benue State, was enlisted into the Force in September, 2000. Until his dismissal, he was attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State and deployed to the Itobe – Anyigba Road, for safety of road users and commuters, along the route where the incident occurred.

“His dismissal came after subjection to internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him in line with extant laws governing the conduct of police personnel. He therefore ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect. The officer has been de-kitted and handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, for further necessary action”, Adejobi said.

The PRO reiterated the staunch commitment of the IGP Usman Alkali Baba’s administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation.

Adejobi said the Police Chief warns all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts, while urging them to display exemplary courage and patriotism in the discharge of their duties.

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