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Rivers Police Suspend Two Officers Over Alleged $3000 Extortion

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The Rivers State Police Command has suspended two of its officers with their salaries stopped for allegedly being involved in the extortion of $3000 from two travelers in Abia State.

Recall that three policemen, an Inspector, and two Assistant Superintendent of Police were said to have abducted the two men in Aba, Abia State capital, and moved them to Port Harcourt before ripping them off.

Following their arrest, the command subjected the Inspector to an orderly room trial and later dismissed him while the two ASPs were officially queried and recommended for dismissal.

But a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday by the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Kokoin Port Harcourt said the two ASPs have been suspended and their salaries stopped.

Iringe-Koko, explained that their suspension followed authorisation by the Police Service Commission, adding that the duo will face the Force Disciplinary Committee which addresses disciplinary issues involving senior officers.

The statement read, “The Rivers State Police Command hereby issues an official update regarding a case involving three Police Officers who have been accused of engaging in acts of extortion.

“As previously communicated during our press briefing on February 13, 2024, Inspector Michael Odey was found guilty and subsequently dismissed from duty, effective from 07/02/2024, following thorough Orderly room proceedings and a comprehensive review conducted by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 16.

Furthermore, during the aforementioned briefing, we provided information regarding the ongoing reviews pertaining to ASP Doubara Edonyabo and ASP Talent Mungo, as their respective ranks required approval from the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission.

“Today, we hereby inform the public that the Police Service Commission has officially authorised the suspension from duty of ASP Doubara Edonyabo and ASP Talent Mungo, effective from 29/02/2024. Additionally, the salaries of the implicated officers have been stopped.

“The two officers will face the Force Disciplinary Committee, which is responsible for addressing disciplinary issues involving senior officers.

“Update would soon be given on other cases involving these officers.”

She added, “This decisive course of action serves as a strong deterrent to any police officer who may contemplate engaging in misconduct and unequivocally reaffirms our unwavering commitment to upholding the fundamental principles of credible policing in Rivers State.

“Under the leadership of Commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu, the Rivers State Police Command remains steadfast in its dedication to maintaining discipline among its officers.

“We wholeheartedly encourage residents to promptly report any instances of unprofessional behavior or misconduct displayed by our officers. Reports can be made through dedicated channels. Rest assured, all reports will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.
“We persistently strive to foster a safe and secure environment for all residents of Rivers State, and we pledge to continue working diligently in the best interests of the public we serve.”


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