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Nigeria: Anambra police to discipline insubordinate officers over alleged extortion

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An inquiry into an alleged incident of extortion and illegal detention at the Onitsha Central Police Station has been ordered by the Anambra State Police Command.

Tochukwu Ikenga, the state police’s spokesperson, said in a news release on Saturday that the force has pledged to find and punish the individuals responsible for such a “ignominious conduct”

Harrison Gwamnishu, a human rights advocate and coordinator for the Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation, detailed an episode of arbitrary detention, extortion, and arrest by members of the Anambra State Police command on his social media account.

According to Gwamnishu, a man named Chidiebere was detained on July 4 after leaving the ShopRite Mall, where he had gone to make purchases.

He claimed that the officers, including one Harrison Emerenini, noticed him using an iPhone and took him into custody.

He claims that the victim was extorted out of N600,500 after being threatened with being called an IPOB member.

According to the human rights activists, Chidiebere was taken into custody at 7:45 p.m., locked up, and released at around 2 a.m. after paying the specified sum.
He continued by saying that following his group’s assistance, the victim received full payment of the extorted funds.

He pleaded with the police commissioner to look into their complaint, launch an investigation, and charge the involved policemen.

Ikenga responded to the claim by stating that Echeng Echeng, the police commissioner, has mandated an investigation.

He said, “The attention of Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a trending report from social media on extorted but recovered money from a policeman in the Command.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng has directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of X-Squad to investigate and unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The CP, who frowned at such an act, reiterated that the command under his watch will not tolerate any form of unprofessional conduct by police personnel.

“He also urged the citizens to report any police alterations/misconducts to X Squad and Public Complaints Bureau PCB of the Command.”

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