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Extortion: Police ASP Arrested on Orders of IGP, Suspended; Over N800, 000 recovered, handed back to victims; Lagos, Rivers, FCT commands top cases of misconduct-PCRRU.

The Nigerian Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) said on Monday that its operatives working with the X-squad has arrested an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Lagos State Police Command for extortion and that he has suspended on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris.

The suspension of the officer, ASP Bayo Obadiah seconded to Ikorodu Area Command, is with immediate effect.

The suspension of the officer according to the Officer in charge PCRRU, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Abayomi Shogunle came on the heels of the recovery of a total sum of N834, 000 (Eight hundred and thirty-four thousand naira) which was handed back to members of the public.

Making the disclosures in the 3rd quarter summary report of PCRRU on Monday in Abuja, ACP Shogunle said, “Still in the pursuit of implementing the “Change Begins with Me” campaign of the Federal Government and in line with the desire of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris in bringing an end to impunity, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) in Q3 2017 recovered and returned a total sum of N834, 000. 00 extorted money to members of the public”.

“Sixteen (16) police officers were also sanctioned for various acts of professional misconduct during the period under review (July-September, 2017).

“The Police Service Commission (PSC) equally approved the suspension from service of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Bayo Obadiah attached to Area Command Ikorodu, Lagos over corrupt practices.

 “As a result of targeted campaigns across the country two (2) Terror suspects were apprehended following the PCRRU face-to-face confidence building parley with citizens in Akoko Area of Ondo State”.

“Part of the money recovered includes the sum of 100,000 previously extorted from a woman in Kano State who got her money after she contacted the PCRRU”.

ACP Shogunle stated that a total number of 764 complaints was recorded in the Q3 2017.

“With Lagos State Command topping the state ranking table with 180 (23.56), followed by Rivers State with 102 (13.35) and FCT-Abuja 87 (11.39).

“Sokoto and Plateau States Commands recorded no complaint in the period under review.

“In all, Phone call was the most preferred channel by members of the public for lodging complaints with 447 (58.5), WhatsApp 203 (26.57), Twitter 19 (2.49), Facebook 6 (0.71), SMS 3 (0.39), BBM 1 (0.13) and others (Written Petition, Media Publications etc.) 29 (3.80).

“Several massive sensitization campaigns were carried out in selected states.

“Helicopter air-drops of sensitization materials in various languages were carried out in Kano and Kaduna States.

“Face-to-face dissemination was carried out in Borno and Ondo States by PCRRU agents, most of which was achievable with the collaboration and support received from our partners which has provided for a notable increase in rate of engagement between PCRRU and members of the public in Q3 2017 (i.e. July – September) than in the same period in 2016.

He added that “Efforts are ongoing to upgrade the PCRRU Call Centre so as to improve the efficiency of the unit and that Bail remains Free.

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