Following an allegation of extortion against him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa has ordered the removal of the Divisional Police Officer of the Meiran Police Station in Lagos State.
An engineer, Ibrahim Saliu had a few days ago, alleged that some policemen attached to the Meiran Police Station in Lagos State extorted N200,000 from him on Saturday.
Saliu claimed the officers and the station’s DPO threatened him and his brother that they would jail them if they failed to provide receipts for the phones seen with his brother.
He said, “The DPO took the iPhones, removed the warranty stickers, and declared that my brother and I are thieves and armed robbers.
“The next thing I heard was the DPO giving them an order to detain us and that we would be locked up for stealing and armed robbery. We were surprised that we started begging.”
Continuing, Saliu revealed that the officers asked him to make a N500,000 payment to secure their freedom.
He noted that they, however, agreed to N200,000, paid in cash per the officers’ order.
The Lagos State Police Spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, in confirming the incident in a statement on Wednesday, disclosed that the CP Lagos has ordered the immediate removal of the Meiran Police Station DPO.
Hundeyin wrote, “CP Idowu Owohunwa has ordered the immediate removal of DPO Meiran for leadership dereliction and supervisory ineptitude.
“Meanwhile, all the officers involved have been identified and are currently at the Command headquarters where their orderly room trial has commenced.”