- Kwara state police spokesperson Ajayi Okesanmi is under investigations
- The IGP ordered Okesanmi to be investigated over allegations of corruption
- A young twitter user, Michael Asiwaju, accused Okesanmi of extorting $2000 from him
The inspector general of police, Idris Ibrahim, has ordered an investigation of the kwara state police command spokesperson, Ajayi Okesanmi, for alleged corruption.
Trouble started for Okesanmi during the #EndSARS campaign, when a twitter user, Michael Asiwaju, with the handle @Asiwaju_limited accused Okesanmi of extorting the sum of $2000 from him.
Asiwaju, while supporting the #EndSARS campaign had tweeted: "On Friday july 7th, The PPRO of Kwara State police command took 2000$ cash from me and force me to transfer 115k to one of his boys Account, and he also seize my Samsung phone.. He threatened to send me to jail if I tell anyone about the case."
According to a report by Premium Times, when Okesanmi was contacted by the press, he confirmed that the IGP has indeed ordered his investigation.
He said: “The IG has ordered for an investigation and I might not want to disclose anything about it because of the investigation. We received a letter this morning. The investigation will reveal whether money was collected from the guy or not."
Okesanmi however denied extorting money from Asiwaju, claiming that he was arrested for molesting and blackmailing a female student of the University of Ilorin.
Okesanmi said he left the office for an event after Asiwaju was arrested and had confessed to the crime in a statement he wrote, only to be told Asiwaju escaped from the police when he got back to the office.
He said: “We took his statement and he confessed to the crime. We also took his phone because it contained the videos and picture he was blackmailing the student with. He escaped while he was being led to search his room in the hotel where he was staying. The incident led to some punishment being meted out to the police man.
“We started looking for him. We wanted to blow up the incident but the girl, fearing that her image would be tarnished, pleaded that we should soft-pedal. We have travelled to Lagos to the addresses he wrote to get him arrested but we have been unable to arrest him."
Denying that he took money from Asiwaju, Okesanmi said: “It is not in my character to do that. I never did that before and I will not do it. I will not even come low as doing that with a petty criminal like that.”
Asiwaju is yet to speak to the press about this, but tweeted again insisting that Okesanmi insisted he paid money into one Sunday's account.
He tweeted: "The PPRO of Kwara state Police Command was the one that took 2,000 dollars from me and he was the one that told me to transfer 115k into Sunday’s account. PPRO shouldn’t try and put everything on Sunday,” he wrote in one tweet."
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Meanwhile, as the campaign for SARS to be scrapped continues on social media, the inspector general of police Idris Kpotun Ibrahim on Monday, December 4, ordered the immediate re-organization of SARS across the country.
The inspector general of police said he was concerned with public interest and the need to reposition the SARS for more efficiency and effective service delivery to all Nigerians and ensure that the SARS operates based on international core value of policing with integrity and make sure the rule of law prevails in the operations and activities of the outfit.
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