Police in Imo State in southeast Nigeria have apprehended some of its own personnel over alleged extortion.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the arrested officers were said to have extorted about N60, 000 from a traveller identified as Victor Agunwah.
In protest of the extortion, Mr Victor forwarded a complaint to the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini.
Mr Hussaini, in a statement, said that the officers involved had been arrested, and they would face the wrath of the law.
He was quoted as saying: “The Imo Police command has commenced investigations into a report making the rounds online where police personnel were alleged to have extorted N60,000 from one Victor Aguwah travelling from Sam Mbakwe Airport to his home town in Mbaise.
“The CP, while condemning the incident, confirmed that the police officers have been identified, arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), where they will be made to face disciplinary action.
“The command has established contact with the victim through his cell phone and he is currently cooperating with the command in seeing that he gets justice.
“The CP, while commending the good people of Imo, assured them of the command’s commitment, under his watch, to ensuring that no police officer found in corrupt practices is spared.
“He assured all and sundry of making the outcome of the investigation and trial public.”