Police suspends anti-kidnapping commander in Lagos

Nigerian Police on patrol
Nigerian Police on patrol

The new Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered the immediate removal of police anti-kidnapping commander over alleged abuse of office.

The spokesman for the command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the removal to journalists on Monday.

According to Mr. Famous-Cole, the removal would ensure an impartial investigation into alleged bribery, sexual molestation and detention of a lady.

“The CP has ordered the immediate removal of the O/C Anti-Kidnapping, CSP Adejobi back to the command. The CP is worried about this allegation and wants justice to be done.

“He requested that all parties involved come for an interview at the police command on Tuesday 5th Sept. 2017 at 9 am, including the alleged victim.

“The New CP has also directed that the DC Panti commence a discreet and in-depth investigation into the allegation.

“He is reassuring Lagosians that every officer found indicted by their actions or inaction in regards this matter will face the full weight of the police regulations,” Mr. Famous-Cole said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Network on Police Reform In Nigeria, NOPRIN petitioned the new commissioner over the alleged abuse of office by anti-kidnapping commander and some men under him.

The petition alleged that Blessing, a single mother, was arrested for alleged theft of $50,000 (about N18 million).

It stated that the officers demanded N70,000 bribe for her bail, while a sister to Blessing was allegedly molested sexually by some policemen at the Anti-Kidnapping unit.


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  • Frank Bassey

    CP, Please, do a thorough investigation into this matter. There is so much excesses on the part of your men these days, especially under the new police leadership.

  • abodes_124

    Will watch this closely. if this case is indeed properly investigated and punishment meted out in line with the findings i will begin to have a little hope in some of the people in our Police force

  • ed

    Baby steps of an incurable diseased police force. Nigerian police is a reflection of the country’s value.
    Police are not hiding the demand for bribe to do anything. Before releasing innocent citizens regardless of the illegal reason they for which you might have arrested, you must pay them bribes. That’s the normal and standard way of doing business with the police in Nigeria period.

  • Baker2801

    The CSP being a junior in ranks was alleged and immediately suspended, ever since
    1. IGP has been inducted he has not been suspended,
    2. Senator Saraki was indicated, he was not suspended,
    3. Governors were indicated none of them have ever been suspended.
    I hereby declare that the Law of Nigeria is for the poor and junior in hyrachy if governments establishment.
    God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.