The Lagos State Police Command took action on Wednesday by dismissing Sgt. Ekpo Shimuyere from his post at the Sogunle Division. This decision came after Sgt. Shimuyere was found guilty of extorting N98,000 from a young man.
The dismissal was confirmed by SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, who informed journalists that the command’s Provost Department had already stripped Sgt. Shimuyere of his uniform.
As per reports from the News Agency of Nigeria, Sgt, Shimuyere seized the victim’s phone and utilized a Point of Sale operator to transfer N98,000 from the young man’s bank account, leaving him with only N2,000.
Hundeyin emphasized that such behavior goes against the professional ethics expected of police officers.
He said, “The police command got the complaint from the victim, and the officer denied the crime when he was contacted. The command placed him under detention so that he will not tamper with the evidence.
“We wrote to his bank and obtained his statement of account. We were able to trace the money to where the POS operator transferred it before transferring the money to the officer’s account.
“We followed due process to get his account. The victim was invited in the course of the investigation, and he testified.
“The POS operator was also invited, and he said the officer requested him to transfer the money from the victim’s account to another one.”
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), following existing laws, the sergeant in question underwent an orderly room trial.
The PPRO stated, “Following the orderly room procedure conducted on the officer with Force No. 461654, who is assigned to the Sogunle Police Division, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Idowu Owohunwa, has reviewed the case and authorized the punishment of dismissal from the police force.”