Edo police command to sanction officers who allegedly collected bribe from building contractor

Edo police command to sanction officers who allegedly collected bribe from building contractor

- The Edo state commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo, invites a building contractor for a discussion over reported extortion by some policemen

- Law scholars in the north and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria speak on the spate of killings in many parts of Nigeria

The sum of N100,000 bribe allegedly collected from a building contractor, Emmanuel Alabede, by some policemen attached to the anti-kidnapping unit has been returned to him by the Edo state police command.

The state commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo, invited Alabede for a discussion on the alleged bribe after learning about the issue in The Punch newspaper.

Alabede said when he visited the command on Thursday, August 9, the money was refunded to him.

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He said: “I went to the command with my lawyer on Thursday and I narrated what happened to the CP. The man was angry at the cops.

“I later wrote a withdrawal letter of the case and my money was refunded to me.

“I withdrew the case for the sake of humanity and my own safety because if they should dismiss the policemen, I don’t know what will become of them.

“They had job when they perpetrated the act; imagine what they will do when they don’t have job again."

The Punch had earlier reported that the contractor travelling from Ibadan, Oyo state, to Abuja when the he was stopped by the cops along the Ibilo-Okene Expressway and the bags of the occupants of the car he was travelling was searched.

The officers were said to be searching Alabede’s mobile phone when a bank alert of N200,000 popped up on the phone.

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The policemen were reported to have threatened to kill him if he failed to give them part of the N200,000.

Alabede out of fear, said he reluctantly followed them to a Point of Sale (POS) operator nearby and made a withdrawal of N100,000 through the POS machine, which the policemen took from him.

The Edo state command said the policemen involved in the bribe case had been arrested and were being detained pending trial.

To other news, some law scholars in the north and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria said the spate of killing by suspected herdsmen could only end through political action and not the present fancy of enacting anti-grazing laws.

Daily Sun reports that the scholars made this known at the conference organized by the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with the theme “Promoting Peace, Security and Human Rights; Curbing Unsavory relationship between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.”

One of the speakers and special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, A. K. Usman, in his presentation, observed that present conflict would have been averted if there was a law enacted to regulate the operations of nomads without necessarily looking at the socio-cultural and religious identity of the Fulani herdsmen.

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