The Police officers seen in a viral video extorting and assaulting passengers in Kogi have been arrested and undergoing trial by the Kogi State Command of the Police.
Recall that a video went viral days ago showing some police officers harassing travelers on the road, with the travellers claiming that they have also been extorted.
The revelation of the arrest was made by DSP William Ovye Aya, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi State Command on Sunday.
Aya however said the command has been unable to contact the victims asking that the victims should contact a dedicated phone line.
The statement reads, “The Kogi State Police Command has commenced investigations into a trending video were 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 traveler 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 travelers. 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.”