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Officers in viral video now in custody as Kogi Command commences investigations

Muhammad Sani

The Kogi State Police Command has commenced investigations into a trending video where Police personnel attached to Adogo Division, while on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road, reportedly extorted the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N25,000) from a traveller while another was physically assaulted by one of the men in uniform.

The Command’s spokesperson, DSP William Ovye Aya in a statement on Sunday said the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, psc (+), fdc, while condemning the incident, noted that the Police officers have been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department.

The officers are: ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima and CPL Umameh Mathias who physically assaulted one of the travellers.

According to the statement, the ASP has been issued an official query while the three (3) other junior officers are currently undergoing orderly room trial (Police internal disciplinary actions).

The CP further noted that the Command is doing its best to establish contact with the victims. He enjoined the victims to reach out to the Command thorough 08107899269.

He assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly.

The video shows the moment a police officer slapped a passenger traveling in a commercial bus.

According to the man who filmed the incident and shared it online, a group of police officers stopped the commercial bus to carry out a search.

During their search, they found a laptop on a man who said he was a student and used the laptop for his assignments. The man claimed the officers did not believe the student and demanded N25, 000 bribe.

The man claimed the officers took the student to a point-of-sale operator where they made the student withdraw N25, 000 and handed it over to them as they did not want it transferred to any of their accounts for easy detection.

The man claimed that when one of the passengers frowned at the officer for corking his gun, the officer got angry and slapped the man and threatened that if he corked his gun, nothing will happen. The man claimed the police officer threatened that blood will flow if they do not caution themselves.

Stallion Times reports that the spokesperson, Nigerian police, Frank Mba in a statement on Saturday said the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had ordered the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command to immediately carry out discrete investigations into the incident depicted in a trending video.

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