Lagos Police Commissioner orders removal of DPO for lack of supervision and extortion ~ NewsEdge

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In a recent development, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa, has ordered the immediate removal of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Okokomaiko, SP Emmanuel Edebagha, for the lack of supervision of his men. The CP’s decision follows the alleged extortion of N100,000 from a Lagos-based phone dealer by officers of the division who had falsely labelled him as a fraudster.

According to the state spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, who made the announcement via his Twitter account on Saturday, CP Owohunwa has also ordered immediate disciplinary action against Edebagha and all officers involved in the act. Hundeyin disclosed that the indicted officers are already in the state headquarters and will face appropriate sanctions.

The incident has generated widespread condemnation from Nigerians who have expressed their displeasure over the recurring cases of police brutality and extortion in the country. Many have called for a thorough investigation and prosecution of the officers involved in the act to serve as a deterrent to others.

The Lagos State Police Command has also reiterated its commitment to ensuring that justice is served and that the rights of citizens are protected. The command urged residents of the state to report any case of police misconduct or abuse of power to the appropriate authorities.

This recent development is expected to serve as a wake-up call to police officers across the country, reminding them of the need to be professional in the discharge of their duties and to avoid acts capable of tarnishing the image of the force.

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