Police Detains 4 Officers Over Alleged Extortion, Assault of Travellers in Kogi

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Four police officers have been arrested and detained for assaulting and allegedly extorting travellers along Adogo-Okene road in Kogi state.

Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dauda Dabban, disclosed this in a statement signed by the police command’s spokesman, DSP William Aya, on Sunday in Lokoja.

The video of the extortion had went viral on the social media which necessitated the immediate action of the Police authority.

According to the statement, they were alleged to have extorted N25,000 from a traveller and physically assaulted another while on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road.

The commissioner, who condemned the incident, said that the police officers had been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department.

According to him, they are ASP Isah Barnabas, Insp Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt. Emmanuel Ochima and Cpl. Umameh Mathias who was alleged to have physically assaulted one of the travellers.

He said that Barnabas had been issued an official query while the other three junior officers were currently undergoing an orderly room trial (police internal disciplinary action).

The police commissioner noted that the Command was doing its best to establish contact with the victims and enjoined them (victims) to reach out to the Command through telephone number: 08107899269.

Dabban assured that the officers, if found guilty, would be dealt with accordingly.

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