Report anyone using my name for extortion, intimidation – IGP

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has advised Nigerians not to hesitate to report anyone who uses his name or any officer to extort money.

He made this known in a statement in response to allegations on social media that money made during investigations was shared with the IGP and senior officers.

The statement signed by the force spokesperson, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, reads: The Nigeria Police Force hereby wishes to comment on recent allegations made by some media platforms alleging the involvement of the Inspector General of Police and other senior officers in the sharing of monies recovered in the course of an investigation. The Force views these allegations seriously, and we are committed to conducting a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter.

To ensure that our investigation is comprehensive and unbiased, the complainant who has made these claims is hereby urged to contact the Force Public Relations Officer, as we request your cooperation and any relevant information regarding the matter. We encourage you to reach out to the FPRO directly via phone at 08037168147.

Additionally, we invite anyone else with information, including the blogger, Diamond Dietanuru Osakorigho of Pararan Mock News, who went ahead to attack the IGP’s personality using abusive words on social media platforms without bothering to make findings and verify issues on the incident in Rivers State Police Command. The IGP, while hitherto unaware of the extant case, has tasked the IGP Monitoring Unit with carrying out in-depth investigations into the allegations as well as the case that gave rise to the allegations so as to determine the culpability or otherwise of all parties involved.

“Furthermore, we would like to seize this opportunity to advise the public about the activities of fraudulent individuals who attempt to exploit the reputation of the Inspector General of Police and other senior officers for personal gains. We strongly urge members of the public to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of any individual claiming to represent senior police officers in any unwholesome venture. In its commitment to ensuring transparency, some individuals who indulge in these fraudulent acts have been arrested and prosecuted. Our zero tolerance and spirited efforts to kick against these criminal acts, either from the members of the public or service officers, are paying off and evident.

“If anyone, including police officers, claims to be acting as an agent for the IGP or any senior police officer for any suspicious or fraudulent activity, we urge you to report such smart moves immediately to the NPF, the Force Public Relations Officer, or the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) desk in any state of the Federation.

“The Nigeria Police Force appreciates your cooperation and assistance in helping us ensure a fair and just investigation. Together, we can maintain the trust and confidence of the public in the Nigeria Police Force.”

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