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N2.7m bribe: Assistant Police Commissioner nabbed

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A serving Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) has been arrested for receiving bribe to the tune of N2.7 million

The fight against impunity and misconduct among men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force by the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) has caught a big fish, an ACP. 

The Officer in Charge of the CRU, Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, disclosed this while presenting the third quarter report of the unit in Abuja.

Even though the head of the CRU did not mention the name of the arrested ACP, he explained that the recovery of the money and subsequent arrest of the suspect followed a complaint made to his unit through a telephone call.

Shogunle disclosed that the case had since been handed over to the relevant anti-corruption agencies for thorough investigation and subsequent prosecution.

“The bribe money was re¬covered from the ACP after the case was referred to the X-Squad for necessary action in line with the directive issued by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that X-Squad be included as part of CRU responding agents,” he said.

He, however, disclosed that between July and September this year, the unit resolved 324 cases out of the 405 complaints it received from members of the public against the police.

Continuing, he stated, 51 of the cases reported during the period under review were found to be false, while 30 are still pending.

Shogunle further revealed that the Rivers State Police Command topped the state ranking with a total of 78 cases, followed by Lagos with 72 and FCT with 48 cases.

“The Quarter 3 report shows that over half of the complaints against the police came from four state commands – Rivers, Lagos, FCT and Anambra, which accounts for 55.06 percent of complaints during the period under review,” he explained.

Six states including Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Osun and Sokoto, he revealed, had no single complaint reported against the police, reiterating that, “Kebbi had continued to remain the only command with no complaint made against the police since the inception of the unit in November 2015.

“The sharp reduction in complaints against the police during the period under review was linked to the fact that Nigerian Police officers were becoming more professional,” he disclosed.

ABOVE PHOTO:  Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris 

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