Police To Detain Three Officers For ‘Extorting N3m’ In Cross River


The assistant inspector-general (AIG) of the police in Zone 6 in Calabar, Cross River, Jonathan Towuru, has ordered the detention of three officers over alleged extortion of N3 million from a member of the public.

In a statement on Tuesday, Nelson Okpabi, spokesperson of the police command in Cross River, said Towuru also ordered an investigation into the conduct of the three officers.

Okpabi said the officers carried out the extortion while on patrol duty along the Ikom-Calabar highway last week.

“The crime and criminality-zero-tolerant AIG promised to ensure that appropriate disciplinary measures are taken against the erring officers to serve as deterrence to others,”
 the statement reads.

“The zone, which has recently been adjudged to have a very low crime rate, will not tolerate any criminality among officers who are saddled with the responsibility of crime prevention and order maintenance.

“The outcome of the investigation and disciplinary measures, including an orderly trial and possible prosecution, would be made to the public in due course.”

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