Four police officers accused of extortion while on duty in Abuja have been arrested, The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Police Command on Wednesday, has confirmed.
A video making the rounds on social media, captured some officers who were on traffic duty along Area 11, intercepting and extorting a yet-to-be identified young man.
Following the video which is currently generating reactions, the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Sunday Babaji in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, ordered an investigation to uncover facts on the viral video.
According to the statement, the FCT command urged residents who may have contact of the victim of the alleged extortion to reach out to the authority, particularly the office of the Police Public Relations Officer of the command for investigations.
The statement reads in part, “the CP who received the news with grave bewilderment described the attitude of the officers as a Discreditable conduct, an act unbecoming of a Police Officers, and a total deviation from the core values of uprightness expected of a Police officer. The CP also said the act is unacceptable and will not be condoned in the command as hesitation will not be made in the administration of a commensurate disciplinary action.
“In the light of the above, CP while registering the assurance of the Command’s unflinching commitment towards service in line with standard best practices, wishes to remind residents of the availability of the Public Complaints Bureau line; 0902 222 2352, a number specially created for members of the public to report any unprofessional conduct of Police officers while discharging their duties.
“Finally, while urging residents to not relent in cooperating with the Police as touching the rendition of prompt and accurate information relevant in fighting crime and criminality in the FCT, The command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distresses through the following lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883”.