By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The Police Command in Lagos State has confirmed the dismissal of Sgt. Ekpo Shimuyere, attached to Sogunle Division, for allegedly extorting a young man of N98,000.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the sack of Shimuyere while briefing newsmen on Wednesday, 31 May, 2023, just as he also added that the Provost Department of the command had already disrobed the dismissed sergeant.
According to him, the dismissed sergeant collected the phone of his victim and used a POS operator to transfer N98,000 out of the N100,000 in the young man’s bank account.
Hundeyin said that the action of the policeman was contrary to the ethics of the profession.
“Police 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 would 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 it to the officer’s account,’ Hundeyin said.
“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,” the state police spokesperson added.