VIDEO: Police officers arrested for extorting, assaulting travellers in Kogi

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The Kogi state police command has stated that it has arrested the officers who allegedly extorted the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N25,000) from a traveller while another was physically assaulted by one of the men in uniform.

The trending video depicts a police officer assaulting a traveller. Another officer had taken another passenger to a Point of Sale (POS) to force him to withdraw the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N25,000).

The officers were identified as: ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima and CPL Umameh Mathias.

The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, stated that investigations had commenced and the erring officers will be dealt with accordingly. He urged the victims to reach out to the command.

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He revealed this through the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Ovye Aya.

The statement reads:

“The Kogi State Police Command has commenced investigations into a trending video where Police personnel attached to Adogo Division, while on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road, reportedly extorted the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N25,000) from a traveller while another was physically assaulted by one of the men in uniform.

“The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, psc (+), fdc, while condemning the incident, noted that the Police officers have been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department. The officers are: ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima and CPL Umameh Mathias who physically assaulted one of the travellers. The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been issued an official query while the three (3) other junior officers are currently undergoing orderly room trial (Police internal disciplinary actions).

“The CP further noted that the Command is doing its best to establish contact with the victims. He enjoined the victims to reach out to the Command thorough 08107899269.
He assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly.