The Kogi State Police Command said it had arrested four of its employees, who were seen in video mode extorting and assaulting passengers on the spot in the state.
Command spokesman William Aya said they were currently under arrest.
The arrests of the staff came hours after Police Chief Inspector Alkali Baba ordered an immediate investigation into the case.
At the time of the incident, Adogo police officers were patrolling the Adogo-Okayne road.
The video shows an armed police officer slapping a passenger on a commercial bus.
In the video, a man is caught stating that a police team was stopping a commercial bus to conduct a search when the attack took place.
During a search, the police found a laptop with a man claiming to be a student and using the laptop for his purposes.
The man claimed that the officer did not believe the students and demanded a bribe of N25,000.
In his account, one of the cops took off his uniform and took the students to the point of sale, where he asked the students to withdraw N25,000 and hand it over to them because they didn’t want them to go to any of them. account to avoid detection.
He further alleged that when one of the passengers frowned at the intimidation, blackmail and threats from one of the officers to shoot, the officer got angry and slapped the man.
The policeman also threatened that if he cocked his gun, nothing would happen.
The man claimed police threatened to bleed if they didn’t protect themselves.
In a statement on Sunday, police said the staff consisted of a senior officer and three junior officers.
They have been identified as Isa Barnabas; Deputy Chief of Police, Ifediegwu Godwin; Inspector, Emmanuel Ochima, Sergeant and Umame Mathias; Corporal.
The statement said that State Police Commissioner Idrisu Daban had given assurances that the command would do everything in its power to contact the victims and get them to contact him (komando) on 08107899269.
The police “assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly.”
Read full statement:
KOGI STATE COMMAND
OFFICERS IN VIRAL VIDEO NOW IN CUSTODY AS KOGI COMMAND COMMENCES INVESTIGATIONS
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 Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, 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. The Assistant Superintendent of Police (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 through 08107899269.
He assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly.
DSP William Ovye Aya,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For: Commissioner of Police,
Kogi State Command.