A policeman in Lagos, Inspector Taloju Martin, has been arrested after a video showing him extorting N40,000 from a motorist went viral on social media.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
He said that the money was recovered from the suspect and returned to the complainant.
According to the police spokesman, the policeman would also be made to face Orderly Room Trials for his act of extortion.
The statement read, “Attention of Lagos State Police Command is drawn to a video on social media in which an Inspector was captured counting #40,000 he extorted from the owner of a vehicle he impounded for violating restriction of movement order.
“After analysing the video, the culprit was identified and arrested. He is Inspector Taloju Martin attached to Ago Police Station as Station Officer (SO).
“The complainant has also been identified. The money extorted is recovered and handed over to him by the Commissioner of Police.”
He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Criminal Investigation to carry out an in-depth investigation into the activities of Ago Police Station as a whole.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector arrested is handed over to Provost Marshall for Orderly Room Trials.
“Commissioner of Police has reaffirmed his stance against corrupt practices and impunity. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation,” the statement further read.