The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed a Police Inspector, Mr. Richard Gele, who was caught in a viral video dignifying and justifying extortion of members of the public and official corruption.
The video of the officer trended recently on all social media platforms.
The Inspector, with AP/No. 188547, who until his dismissal, was attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State and deployed to the Itobe–Anyigba Road, for safety of road users and commuters, along the route, where the incident occurred.
The dismissal was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
According to the statement, his “dismissal came after subjection to the internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him in line with extant laws governing the conduct of police personnel.
“He, therefore, ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect. The officer has been de-kitted and handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, for further necessary action.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, while expressing the staunch commitment of his administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation, warned all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts. The IGP urged them to display exemplary courage and patriotism in the discharge of their duties”.
The dismissed Inspector who hails from Benue State was enlisted into the Force in September 2000.