Worried at the incessant cases of policemen taking Nigerians to ATMs or PoS and other areas to extort money, the Nigeria Police High Command has earned that such errant personnel will henceforth be treated as armed robbers.
Force Public Relations Officer Prince Muyiwa Adejobi, who issued the warning on Twitter on Friday, said such policemen would be subjected to appropriate sanctions.
“Forceful Extortion by Armed Policemen is tantamount to Armed Robbery.
We may treat some of our recalcitrant policemen who are fond of taking innocent Nigerians to ATM, Banks or hidden arenas to forcefully extort them, with arms, as armed robbers.
By simple definition and interpretation of law, anyone who possesses firearms or offensive weapons and takes ones property with element of force or violence is simply armed robbery, nothing more.
We detest and condemn this development or action which is in total contravention of our rules and regulations and ethics as a responsible institution.
We will not treat such cases with kid gloves anymore. We urge Nigerians to report any case of this nature to our stations for necessary action. Thanks.”