Lagos Police Fire Sergeant For Extracting N98,000 From Man

by Mercy Ulasi

Sgt. Ekpo Shimuyere, a member of the Sogunle Division, was fired by the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday for extorting N98,000 from a young guy.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the state police public relations officer, told media that the discharged sergeant had already been stripped of his uniform by the command’s provost department.

He claims that the fired sergeant took the victim’s phone, used a Point of Sale operator to transfer N98,000 of the N100,000 in the young man’s bank account, and then left.

According to Hundeyin, the policeman’s behavior was against professional ethics.

He said, “The police command got the complaint from the victim and the officer denied the crime when he was contacted. The command placed him under detention so that he will not tamper with the evidence.
“We wrote to his bank and obtained his statement of account. We were able to trace the money to where the POS operator transferred it before transferring the money to the officer’s account.


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“We followed due process to get his account. The victim was invited in the course of the investigation and he testified.
“The POS operator was also invited, and he said the officer requested him to transfer the money from the victim’s account to another one.”

The PPRO said the Sergeant was consequently subjected to an orderly room trial in line with extant laws.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr Idowu Owohunwa, has reviewed the orderly room procedure of the officer with Force No. 461654, attached to the Sogunle Police Division and has approved the punishment of dismissal from the force,” he said.


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