Nigeria Police suspend Assistant Superintendent, ‘return N834,000 extorted from public’

Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim
Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim

An Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bayo Obadiah, attached to the Area Command, Ikorodu, Lagos State, has been suspended over allegations of extortion while 16 other policemen were sanctioned for professional misconduct.

This was made known in a police bulletin issued on Monday which served as a report covering the police activities between July and September 2017.

‎The bulletin said the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, also recovered and returned N834,000 being monies extorted from the public.

It added that as‎ a result of targeted campaigns across the country, two terror suspects were apprehended following the PCRRU face-to-face confidence building with citizens in Akoko Area of Ondo State.

The bulletin said that part of the money recovered include ₦100,000 previously extorted from a woman in Kano State, who reportedly got her money after she contacted the PCRRU.

”A total number of 764 complaints were recorded in the Q3 2017. With Lagos State Command topping the state ranking table (in percentage terms) with 180 (23.56), followed by Rivers State with 102 (13.35) and FCT-Abuja 87 (11.39). Sokoto and Plateau State Commands recorded no complaint in the period under review,” the unit said.

The bulletin noted that in all, phone call was the most preferred channel by members of the public for lodging complaints with 447 (58.5), WhatsApp 203 (26.57), Twitter 19 (2.49), Facebook 6 (0.71), SMS 3 (0.39), BBM 1 (0.13) and others (Written Petition, Media Publications etc.) 29 (3.80).

The police bulletin further added that several massive sensitisation campaigns were carried out in selected states, while helicopter airdrops were carried out in Kano and Kaduna States, face-to-face dissemination were carried out in Borno and Ondo States by PCRRU agents.

The statement said most of these were achievable with the collaboration and support received from partners ”which has provided for a notable increase in rate of engagement between PCRRU and members of the public in Q3 2017 (i.e. July – September) than in the same period in 2016.

The release added that efforts are ongoing to upgrade the PCRRU call centre so as to improve the efficiency of the unit.


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  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    IG, IG ! Inspector Genital don charge o !

  • grand maze

    Good to hear but I am afraid that for this amount recovered, 100 times the amount was extorted successfully

  • LLLeon

    How was this extortion done ? The article doesn’t say.

    • thusspokez

      Are you thinking of extorting money from someone and hence needs a “Learner’s Guide”? Check the Internet!

  • Simeon Nigel

    Extortion by almost the entire Nigerian police force has been a long time form of corruption problems from other forms of extortion vices going on for a long time, which has became so much ingrained into the whole of the Nigerian police structures. IGP Ibrahim Idris has raised up through the police promotional rang from different extortion for purposely to pay up gratification to the next higher senior commands, ever before each promotional rang were released out to him/her, and it has been continuing inside the whole of Nigerian police force up and down the entire country for years back up till date, and the IGP Ibrahim Idris has been deeply parts of extortion by the entire police ever since and throughout his entire police career up to date and into where he is today as the whole police boss. The one biggest problem with all of the Nigerian security services up and down country is that, there has never been a viable past records ought to be use as a background checks to be part of laid down criteria requirement ever before any form of promotional positions are approved and given to any personnel recipient. When salaries and appropriate allowances are not paid to majority of security personnel for months on end, how do anyone will ever expects a security personnel to survive and feed his/her family? In the entire military, it is a vicious cycle of practices by which majority of senior commanders often does extracts out some money (i.e. about N2,000 to N10,000) from each individual foot soldiers per each month even before the remaining monthly salary balance are then finally paid. This sort of evil practices has been going on for decades inside all Nigerian security institutions, including police and military where is so frequent and prominent.