• Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

IGP Commends Lagos Cops For Resisting 4 Million Naira Bribe During Drug Investigation


The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr. Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, NPM, has lauded the officers of the police tactical team attached to Area K, Marogbo, Lagos State Command, particularly SP Rilwan Kasumu, for their unwavering commitment to integrity and duty. The commendation comes in the wake of the team’s rejection of a four million naira (#4,000,000) bribe during an investigation into drug peddling and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The proactive actions of the police tactical team led to the arrest of Esther Newman Obiekezie, a 42-year-old woman known as Candy, residing at No. 6, Mojirade Street, Ilogbo Lagos, on February 6, 2024. Esther was apprehended at her residence, where she was found selling a significant quantity of the drug known as ICE, along with AK47 live ammunition.

During the course of the investigation, Akete Esther, a 43-year-old woman, and Oke Okebalam, a 49-year-old man, both from Ajamgbadi Lagos, approached the police station in Ijanikin. They sought the release of the arrested drug peddler, Esther, offering a substantial sum of four million naira and pleading for an end to police interference in Esther’s illegal drug peddling business.

In a display of commitment to upholding the law, the police officer in charge rejected the bribe, seized the cash as evidence, and promptly arrested Akete Esther and Oke Okebalam for further investigation and prosecution.

The IGP reiterated the Force’s dedication to leveraging all available means and employing professional anti-crime strategies to combat various forms of criminality in Nigeria. The commendation serves as a testament to the ethical standards maintained by the police officers involved in this case.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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