Shocking! How Police Officers Sent To Fight Kidnapping Were Caught Receiving Bribes

Some cops deployed to curb kidnapping alongside the now dreaded Ife-Ibadan freeway, South-west Nigeria, had been on Monday caught extorting motorists.

The policemen stationed on the outskirt of Ibadan, Ikire, Gbongan and Ile-Ife demanded bribe from the motive force of the car conveying this reporter and 17 different passengers on Monday night.

The journey lasted an hour and 15 minutes.

A few of the motorists who earlier spoke with PREMIUM TIMES confirmed the ordinary extortion by officers including that these have heightened now with the extra roadblocks mounted alongside the street.

Whereas the cops within the outskirts of Ibadan and Ikire collected the naira notes discreetly with out questioning the motive force, those at Gbongan and Ile-Ife didn’t.

An officer at Gbongan, with the inscription Akosoba A on his uniform, collected a 100-naira notice from the motive force and gave a change of fifty naira.

Additionally, a policeman in Ile-Ife, who appeared in a camouflage, instructed the motorist to park for elevating a query however modified his thoughts after a fifty-naira notice was slid into his fingers.

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Kidnapping upsurge

Extra cops have been deployed alongside Ife-Ibhighwayhtway to test rampant instances of kidnapping.

In April, this newspaper reported how an Ibadan-based lawyer, Musibau Adetunbi, and his driver had been kidnapped alongside the Ibadan-Ife expressway.

In Could, a lecturer within the Division of Orthopaedic Surgical procedure and Traumatology, Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU), Ile-Ife, was kidnapped and finally launched after paying a ransom of 5 million naira.

Additionally, suspected armed herders attacked passengers alongside the Ife-Ibadan expressway, killing Adenipekun Ademiju, a civil servant, in June.

As printed by Punch, Mr Ademiju was mentioned to have boarded a car at Osu city going to Ibadan when he and different passengers had been attacked at Ikire group alongside the expressway.

Bribery entrenched?

With the appearance of social media, many cops have been caught on digicam soliciting bribes at roadblocks lately.

Though a number of Inspector Generals of Police have banned roadblocks up to now, they continue to be a few of the best methods for these officers to extort motorists.

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In 2013, a sergeant was dismissed after a viral video confirmed him soliciting bribes from motorists in Lagos.

In June 2017, 4 officers had been dismissed for extorting a citizen in Ijebu Ode Space Command, the identical jurisdiction the place Mr Afolabi was caught on digicam by PREMIUM TIMES.

In Could 2018, two cops had been caught on digicam extorting motorists alongside Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Street in Ogun State.

When the multimedia proof of the officers’ misconduct was forwarded to Abayomi Shogunle, head of police complaints unit in Abuja, he promised to behave on them and make sure the matter is investigated and culprits punished.

Nonetheless, months after the grievance was made and a monitoring quantity issued, the police are but to take any particular motion.

Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, requested to see the newest video clip earlier than commenting. He didn’t reply greater than 24 hours after the video was despatched to him.


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Updated: July 12, 2019 — 12:05 pm