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Lockdown: Police Inspector arrested for extorting motorist of N40,000

Joy Anyim 

For allegedly extorting a motorist of N40,000, a police Inspector, Taloju Martin, has been arrested and tried by the Lagos State Police Command. 

Martin, who is the Station Officer (SO), at Ago Police Division, had impounded the victim’s vehicle for violating the restriction of movement. 

A video of the police inspector counting his loot had emerged on social media, as people called for his arrest. 

In response to the call, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu had ordered the arrest of the officer. 

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According to a statement by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Elkana Bala, CP Odumosu had also ordered for an investigation of the entire police division. 

Bala in the statement said: “ The attention of the Lagos State Police Command is drawn to a video on social media in which an Inspector was captured counting N40,000 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.

The complainant receiving his money back

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of State  Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID),  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.”