It was a nasty experience for some police officers attached to the Area D Command, Mushin, Lagos over the purported N70,000 bribe money obtained from a top member of the Police Eminent Persons created by the Inspector General of Police, IGP.
The money became a sort of bone in their throats as they were forced to return the complete money they had already shared among themselves to the owner.
The incident happened after some officers from the human rights section of the Command invaded an area at Ilepo area of Ejigbo on surveillance.
They arrested two women who were dealing on groundnut oil and seized some gallons of the item and took to the Command as exhibits.
The officers claimed the dealers did not obtain any license from the relevant authorities like NAFDAC, SON and others to sell the products.
According to PM Express, unknown to the officers, the owner of the product, Honourable Adeshina got an approval and was also a top member of the Eminent Persons created by the IGP.
The officers, whose identities were not disclosed, intimidated and obtained money from the women before the Area Commander knew about it and ordered for the release of the suspects and their items.
However, the officers had already obtained the money, shared it and so it became difficult to return to the women after their release.
The matter was reported to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohinmi Edgal, who acted promptly and set up a committee headed by one CSP Fakaye.
The officers involved were summoned to the Police Command to make statements and the alleged bribe was investigated and confirmed.
The officers were then ordered to return the whole money through the Area Commander which they did and it was handed over to Adeshina.
The fate of the officers was not yet known as CP Imohinmi was yet to take decision on the matter.
It was said that Fakaye’s committee has sent the report of findings and recommendation to the Police boss but did not give the details of the report.
Some policemen at Area D Command said they were trying to resolve the matter.