Lagos ASP suspended over extortion; police return N800,000 to victims

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By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja—The Nigeria Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, working in synergy with the IGP’s X-Squad, arrested an Assistant Superintendent of Police attached to the Lagos State Police Command for extortion and recommended punitive measures for his misconduct, which was approved by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal 

Consequently, the officer, ASP Bayo Obadiah, seconded to Ikorodu Area Command, has been suspended with immediate effect.

ACP Abayomi Shogunle, Head, PCRRU, disclosed this in a report in Abuja, yesterday.

He added that Police authorities also sanctioned 15 other personnel for professional misconduct across the country, from July to September, 2017.

Shogunle added that within the period under review, the unit had also recovered and returned N834,000 collected from members of the public.

He said that N100,000, part of the money extorted from a woman in Kano State, was returned to her after she contacted the unit.

Shogunle said following the unit’s targeted campaigns across the country, two suspected terrorists were arrested in Akoko area of Ondo State.

The head of PCRRU said 764 complaints were received by the unit within the period under review.


He said Police Commands in Lagos, Rivers and FCT topped the states ranking with 180 (23.56 percent), 102 (13.35 percent) and 87 (11.39 percent), respectively.

He said the commands in Sokoto and Plateau recorded no complaints within the period under review.

His words: “In all, phone calls were the most preferred channel by members of the public for lodging complaints.

“Phone calls received were 447 (58.5 percent), WhatsApp, 203 (26.57 percent), Twitter 19 ( 2.49 percent), Facebook, six (0.71 percent ), SMS, three (0.39 per cent), BBM, one (0.13 percent).”

He said other media used by members of the public accounted for 29, (3.80 percent).

Shogunle said the unit carried out massive sensitisation campaigns in Kano, Kaduna, Borno and Ondo states.

He said efforts were ongoing to upgrade the PCRRU call centre to improve its efficiency.

The PCRRU was established by the Nigeria Police Force in November 2015, with a mandate to receive and resolve cases of professional misconduct brought against its officers.



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