By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Police Command has reacted to the allegation of extortion by some operatives of the Command at Onitsha Central Police Station.
A human rights activist and coordinator of Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation, Harrison Gwamnishu, had narrated an incident of arrest, involving operatives of the Anambra State Police Command.
Gwamnishu said a man named Chidiebere was on 4th July arrested after he left ShopRite Mall where he had gone to make purchases. The policemen involved, including one Harrison Emerenini, saw him with an iPhone and arrested him.
He was later extorted to the tune of N600, 500, after he was threatened with being labelled an IPOB member. He added that after intervention by his group, the man was paid the extorted money in full.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, CP Echeng Echeng, has vowed to uncover and punish operatives involved in the act.
A release by the State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, revealed that the commissioner had ordered an investigation into the matter.
He said: ‘The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a trending report from social media on extorted but recovered money from a policeman in the Command.
‘The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, has directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of X-Squad to investigate and unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
‘The CP who frowned on such act, reiterated that the command under his watch will not tolerate any forms of unprofessional conduct by police personnel. He also urged citizens to report any police alterations/conducts to X Squad and Public Complaints Bureau, PCB, of the Command.