Police dismiss officer for ‘extorting N98,000’ from man in Lagos

A police officer identified as Sergeant Ekpo Shimuyere, attached to the Shogunle division has been dismissed by the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Command.

Police sergeant dismissed over N98,000 extortion

Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, told journalists on Wednesday that Shinuyere collected his victim’s phone and allegedly transferred the sum of N98,000.

Hundeyin said the police officer used a point of sale (POS) machine to transfer the money out of N100,000 in the victim’s bank account.

He said the police began an investigation after the victim reported the incident.

“Police got the complaint from the victim and the officer denied the crime when he was contacted,” Hundeyin said.

“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.

“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 commissioner of police, Lagos command, Mr Idowu Owohunwa, reviewed the orderly room procedure of the officer with Force No. 461654, attached to Sogunle Police Division and approved the punishment of dismissal from the force.”

Hundeyin said the Lagos police commissioner warned officers against unprofessional conduct.

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