The Nigeria Police has detained four policemen for allegedly extorting N15,000 from a victim along Ogudu area of Lagos State.
The officers were identified as Mathew Oladujoye and Oba Roland and two others whose names were not revealed.
Abayomi Shogunle, head, public complaints rapid response unit (PCRRU), disclosed this in a report on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Shogunle, preliminary investigation showed that the policemen went beyond their mandate by going through the contents of the complainant’s cell phone.
“Bank statement of account confirms that the complainant following the orders of one of the officers transferred N15,000 into the account of a third party (name withheld),” he said.
He said the police officers involved had been removed from duty that involved any form of contact with members of the public pending the conclusion of a detailed investigation.
He said the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the assistant inspector-general of police, Zone 2 Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter.
“All four policemen and bank statement of account have been handed over to the AIG Zone 2 today by PCRRU investigators for the required action,” he said.
He said the unit is open 24 hours a week to receive and resolve all complaints relating to issues of police misconduct from across the country.