The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday dismissed three policemen who extorted N153,000 from a student of Lagos State University (LASU), Sheriff Adedigba.
The Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta.
The officers: Inspector Sunday John, Sgt Jimoh Asimiya and Sgt Solomon Adedapo were alleged to have forcefully extorted the said amount from the victim while he was traveling from Abeokuta to Lagos.
According to Oyeyemi, their dismissal followed the outcome of the departmental orderly room trial which found them guilty of Corrupt practices, Discreditable conduct and Disobedience to lawful order.
Oyeyemi said, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the officers involved in the dastardly act.
“The three policemen were quickly identified and apprehended.
“The money was recovered from them and returned to the victim. They were subsequently arranged for departmental orderly room trial on three count charge of Corrupt practices, Discreditable conduct and Disobedience to lawful order.
“They were found guilty of all the charges, and subsequently dismissed from the force to serve as deterrent to others in their shoes.
“The victim, who was also present to give evidence was full of praise for the commissioner of police and the management team, for their prompt response to the incident, which he said rekindled his hope in the Nigeria police force”, Oyeyemi said.
He added that, the commissioner of police has appealed to members of the public to always endeavor to report any act of misconduct from any officer of the command to him personally, or through any of the principal officers of the command, as such will be treated with utmost urgency.
He also warned officers of the command to desist from any act capable of tarnishing the image of the command as such will not be condoned.