Mr. Isaac Eke, the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, has warned all the officers and men of the command against extorting money from members of the public, especially motorists and commercial motorcyclists.
Eke, who gave this warning in his office on Wednesday June 24, while speaking with journalists, said the Ondo police command would not hesitate to punish “ruthlessly” any officer of the command caught in the act of extorting money from motorists in the state.
The Punch reports that the CP also called on the people to report any policeman caught in the act to the Akure headquarters of the command.
The police boss however denied the allegation by commercial motorcyclists that some policemen in the state had been extorting money from them on daily basis. The CP said he had not received such report.
The Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria, Ondo State branch, had alleged that policemen from the Ijapo Police Division in Akure, the state capital, extorted them every day.
A violent confrontation between the motorcyclists and some policemen from the Ijapo division was barely averted Friday last week.
Eke explained that the clash between the policemen and the motorcyclists was as a result of the fight that ensued between a policeman on duty and the motorcyclists in the Oke Ijebu area of the city and “not as a result of alleged extortion.”
He asked policemen in the state to have a cordial relationship with the people in order to receive useful information. The CP also appealed to the people to support the command in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
“I want to appeal to our people to support us in the fight against the criminals. The issue of security should not be left alone to the police, all of us must join hands in making our society a crime-free society,” the CP said.
On kidnappings in the state, Eke said the command had been making efforts to apprehend those behind the crime. He noted that the command was already working with other security agents from other neighbouring states to checkmate the activities of kidnappers in the state.
It will be recalled that three people were recently kidnapped in the state within three weeks. The victims included the Regent of Akungba Akoko, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon; and the Executive Secretary of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Mr. Segun Adewumi.
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