A police officer attached to the Ogun State Police Command has been taken into custody for allegedly extorting motorists at checkpoints.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that the suspect was caught on camera perpetrating the act.
Confirming the development on Tuesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Omolola Odutola, stated that the suspect was captured on camera extorting a student of Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijagun, a district in Ijebu Ode Local Government Area of the state.
The police image maker added that the command acted on the complaint lodged by Soyemi Funmilola on January 13, 2024.
SP Odutola said upon the report, a thorough investigation was conducted by the State Criminal Investigation Department and the officer was found guilty of misconduct.
The police spokesperson noted that the money extorted has been recovered and marked as exhibits.
Odutola said, “The inspector, rank and file have been detained for an orderly room trial, and the officer involved has been issued an official query, as directed by Commissioner of Police Alamutu Abiodun, with the provost department overseeing the disciplinary proceedings.”
She further added that the family of the 24-year-old complainant had been contacted.
Meanwhile, fire has destroyed academic facilities worth millions of naira at SteadyFlow College of Education in Akparabong, Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The incident occurred on Monday evening.
According to an eyewitness, Ada Agbor, the fire started after a passerby mistakenly discarded a cigarette filter at a bush close to the perimeter fence of the school.
Facilities destroyed by the fire include lecture halls, toilets and offices.
However, the founder of the school, Mr Jones Tangban, a former National Assembly member representing Boki/Ikom federal constituency, attributed the fire incident to indiscriminate bush burning
He appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to come to the rescue of the school.
Tangban equally thanked God as no life was lost.
“SteadyFlow College of Education Academic complex has been engulfed by wild fire today. So much has been destroyed.
“We need state and federal government agencies to come to our aid because resumption is affected by the destruction of facilities at the college,” he said.