Anambra CP suspends 3 policemen over extortion

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A Nigerian policeman stands guard as All Progressives Congress (APC) party supporters march towards the Independent National Electoral Commission Office in Port Harcourt during a demonstration calling for the cancellation of the presidential election in the Rivers State on March 29, 2015. Thousands of supporters of Nigeria's main opposition party demonstrated in the southern state of Rivers, calling for the cancellation of elections locally because of alleged irregularities. AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR (Photo by FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR / AFP)

The visions of Mr. John B. Abang, the new Anambra Police Commissioner, to rid the State of criminal activities and terror gangs may not take long before their fruition. This is because the new CP has since hit the ground running.

In his bid to sanitize the Anambra Police Command and thoroughly reform it, Mr. Abang, has read the riot act to dubious officers and men who are fond of receiving bribes from the public and gratifications before they grant bail to suspects in their custody.

Mr. Abang, upon resuming as CP, warned his men and officers not to extort or collect money before granting bail on bailable offences.

However, three policemen have been arrested and undergoing investigation for extorting money from one Mrs. Love Mbachu and two others.

Responding to the development in a short message to PRNigeria, the police spokesperson in Anambra, Haruna Mohammed said “Following the report that Policemen attached to Ogidi Area Command allegedly extorted the sum of N60,000 from one Mrs.. Love Mbachu, the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, directed Acp X SDQ to investigate and recover the money within 12 hours.

“In compliance with the CP’s directives, the Policemen involved have been arrested and the sum of N60,000 recovered, and handed over to the victims. Meanwhile, all cases are under investigation after which the defaulters would be tried in orderly room.”

The new police boss has paid a familiarization tour to sister security agencies and other critical institutions in the State to solicit their supports and robust partnerships. He has urged the public to forward their complaints to his office for prompt security action on crimnal activities in the state.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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