A police inspector attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ikorodu, Lagos State Command, Charles Omotosho, has been apprehended for allegedly extorting N5, 000 from a woman.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Sogunle, made this known via a press statement on Friday.
He said the alleged police operative was apprehended following a complaint by the victim, through Twitter.
“On 16th May, 2018, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint from a citizen via Twitter [@ife_luv12] that a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Operative forced her to make a bank transfer of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) to the said SARS operative’s bank account following an arrest for no just cause,” the statement said.
“PCRRU immediately registered the case (Tracking Number PCRRU316356) and initiated an investigation. The officer was promptly identified to be Inspector Charles Omotosho attached to Federal SARS, Ikorodu, Lagos State. He was immediately removed from front-line police duties and taken into custody.”
The statement said, in the course of preliminary investigation, a copy of the officer’s statement of bank account was obtained and the entry of the said transfer was discovered therein.
The police said it has also been established that there was a contact between the officer’s patrol team and the complainant at Ikorodu as contained in the complaint.
“The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 2 Command Lagos to carry out a detailed investigation and commence immediate necessary disciplinary action against Inspector Charles Omotosho as provided for in the Police Act and Regulations Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004,” the release added.
The statement disclosed that the PCRRU has handed the erring officer to the AIG Zone 2 Command Lagos together with a printout of his statement of bank account for “necessary action”.
“Members of the public that are not happy with any encounter with the police are once again advised not to resolve to self-help but should lodge a complaint at PCRRU which is available 24/7 via any of the following channels; Calls Only: 0805 700 0001, 0805 700 0002 | SMS and WhatsApp Only: 0805 700 0003 BBM: 58A2B5DE | Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU |Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU Email: email@example.com OR PolicePCRRU@gmail.com | Website: www.npf.gov.ng/complaint,” the statement noted.