The Nigerian Police Force has released a statement to inform the general public that the Police Inspector caught in a viral video extorting money from a motorist for violating the no movement order has been arrested, OYOGist.com reports.
The officer in question, one Inspector Taloju Martin who was attached to Ago Police Station as Station Officer (SO). Taloju was caught on tape counting the sum of #40,000 naira which he received as bribe for a vehicle that was impounded for violating the lockdown order.
After the erring officer was arrested and handed over to the Provost Marshal for disciplinary action, the Commissioner of Police handed over the money that was collected from the complainant to him.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc has also ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation to conduct a thorough investigation into the operations of Ago Police Station as a whole.
Read the full statement released by the Police Force below:
12th April, 2020.
Police Inspector in viral video arrested and tried for extortion Attention of Lagos State Police Command is drawn to a video on social media in which an Inspector was captured counting #40,000 he extorted from the owner of a vehicle he impounded for violating restriction of movement order.
After analysing the video, the culprit was identified and arrested. He is Inspector Taloju Martin attached to Ago Police Station as Station Officer (SO).
The complainant has also been identified. The money extorted is recovered and handed over to him by the Commissioner of Police.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Criminal Investigation to carry out an in depth investigation into the activities of Ago Police Station as a whole.
Meanwhile, the Inspector arrested is handed over to Provost Marshall for Orderly Room Trials.
Commissioner of Police has reaffirmed his stance against corrupt practices and impunity. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation.
DSP Bala Elkana
Police Public Relations Officer,