Daily Corruption News: At least 15 policemen have been demoted to lower ranks in Enugu for being involved in extortion, the Command’s Spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu disclosed on Wednesday. Amaraizu said the officers had been tried in-house and some of them had had their ranks reduced while the others were dismissed. Amaraizu told the News Agency of Nigeria
Your Daily Corruption News team — Thursday 7 January 2010
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(NAN) that the officers were apprehended at various checkpoints by the command’s monitoring team in 2009.
He said they were apprehended while extorting money from motorists.
The PPRO said the action was meant to serve as deterrent to other officers who refused to change.
“We are ready to change the image of the police in Enugu State.
“We demoted some police officers for extortion. We still have some under detention.
“The command’s monitoring team has been mobilised to fish them out,” he said.
Amaraizu said he had on several occasions advised motorists to subject themselves to police search but refuse to give any form of bribe to the police, even when demanded.
“Policemen are paid their salaries as at when due; they should not be seen to be extorting the people they are supposed to protect,” he said.
On the crime rate in the state this festive period, Amaraizu said except for the communal clash in Udi, all was well.
He said there was no case of armed robbery, kidnapping or other violent crimes reported.
He said the command would continue to provide security for the people.
“I was very happy when people who returned home to Enugu for Christmas phoned to tell me how safe and lovely they enjoyed home at this period.
“I was happy because our strategy worked.
“For us to have hosted the recent U-17 World Cup without security lapses meant we have a good strategy,’’ he said