The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has removed with immediate effect the Officer-in-Charge of the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Squad of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Akinade Adejobi.
The removal order was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the Command, Olarinde Famous-Cole.
Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, and his officers and men were alleged to have demanded for N70,000 for the bail of one Blessing Taiwo, over an alleged theft.
Taiwo’s relatives were said to have paid N50,000, leaving an outstanding of N20,000, a development that resulted in the seizure of her phone pending when the balance is paid on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Taiwo’s sister, Florence, was also alleged to have been sexually harassed by officers and men of the Squad who put hands into her private part and breasts anytime she took food to her sister in the cell.
A statement by Famous-Cole on Monday said: “The attention of the Lagos state police command has been drawn to the media publication making the rounds on social media about an ongoing police investigation alleging the O/C Anti-Kidnapping and cultism unit of corrupt practice.
“The New commissioner of police has requested that all parties involved are to come for an interview at the police command tomorrow 5th September 2017 at 09:00am, including the alleged victim in the publication.
“The New CP has also directed that the DC Panti commence a discreet and indept investigation into the allegation of the police action.
“To ensure an impartial investigation the CP has ordered the immediate removal of the O/C Anti-Kidnapping CSP Akinade Adejobi back to the command.
“The Ag/CP Edgal Imohimi is worried about this allegation and wants justice to be done.
“The new CP is reassuring Lagosians that every officer found indicted by their actions or inaction in regards this matter will face the full weight of the police regulations.”