The Nigeria Police Force says it has recovered N2.7 million bribe money from a serving Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) after the Force received complaints from an anonymous caller.
According to the 2016 third quarter report of the Police Complaints Response Unit, signed by its head, Ag. ACP Abayomi Shogunle, the said sum of N2.7 million bribe money was recovered from an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) serving in one of the State commands after a complaint was made to the CRU through a telephone call.
ACP Shogunle noted that necessary disciplinary procedures are ongoing against the officer involved in the unacceptable conduct just as the suspect arrested in respect of the case upon which the bribe money was collected has since been handed over to the relevant government agency for prosecution for the offence that necessitated the arrest of the suspect.
“The bribe money was recovered from the ACP after the case was referred to the X-Squad for necessary action in line with the directive issued by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, that X-Squad be included as part of CRU responding agents. The new inclusion of X-Squad as one of CRU responding agents in addition to state Provost Marshals, OC SIB, Control-Room demonstrates the IGP’s determination in ensuring more effective response to cases of alleged police professional misconduct nationwide,” ACP Shogunle stated.
The report also stated that “in line with its mandate of receiving and resolving cases of police professional misconduct, the CRU has resolved 324 cases out of a total of 405 complaints made against the police by members of the public between July 1, and September 30, 2016.
“51 out of cases reported during period under review were found to be false while 30 cases are still pending.”
It further revealed that “Rivers Police Command tops the state ranking with a total number of 78 cases, followed by Lagos with 72 and FCT-Abuja with 48 cases. The Q3 report shows that over half of the complaints against the police came from four state commands – Rivers, Lagos, FCT-Abuja and Anambra which accounts for 55.06 percent of complaints during the period under review.
“No single complaint was reported against the police in six state commands – Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Osun and Sokoto. Kebbi state remains the only command with no complaint made against the police since the inception of the CRU in November, 2015.
“Professional misconduct tops the complaint distribution category with 154 entries, followed by demanding money for bail with 144 entries. More complaints were received via phone call – 294 cases, while WhatsApp – 55, Twitter – 20, email – 19, Facebook – 6, SMS – 2, BBM – 1 and 8 cases reported via others (petition letters, media publications).”