Vanguard (Lagos)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Six Cops, LASTMA Official Arrested Over Extortion

Lagos — In a bid to curb the excesses of policemen in the Lagos State Police Command, six policemen were, weekend, arrested by operatives of the Commissioner of Police X Squad for extortion.

Also arrested were two impersonators who wore Police uniform to escort a lorry and an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA for allegedly extorting money from a motorist.

Vanguard gathered that the policemen were arrested at Oyingbo and Gbagada areas of the state while allegedly extorting money from motorcycle and commercial bus operators.

Police sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the operatives who were ordered by the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, to rid the state of corrupt policemen, stormed Oyingbo, where they caught two Traffic Wardens and a conventional policeman attached to Area 'C' Command, at Oyingbo Bus-Stop, extorting money from commercial buses and lorry operators.

Three other policemen were caught allegedly extorting money from motorcycle riders within streets of Gbagada.

He also added that the arrested policemen will be tried by the provost department of the Command, while the impersonators will be charged to court.

" We have handed over the LASTMA official and the money we caught him with to LASTMA authority for prosecution and we will charge the impersonators to court. But the six policemen will have to stand trial at the Provost Department with 17 others and if they are found guilty, they may be discharged from the service," the source said.

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