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IGP Hails Police For Rejecting N4m Bribe During Investigation

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The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has praised Rilwan Kasumu, the officer in charge of the police tactical team at Area K, Marogbo, Lagos state command.

Kasumu rejected a bribe of four million naira (#4,000,000) from Akete Esther and Oke Okebalam while investigating a case involving Esther Newman Obiekezie, who was accused of drug peddling and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement shared on X handle of the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday, February 8.

According to the statement, after the arrest of one Esther Newman Obiekezie, a duo who came to the station in Ijanikin, solicited the release of Esther offering a sum of 4 million naira while pleading that the officers stop disrupting their drug peddling business.

The statement reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D, NPM, has commended the officer in charge of the police tactical team attached to Area K, Marogbo, Lagos State Command, SP Rilwan Kasumu, and team, for rejecting the sum of four million naira (#4,000,000) bribe while investigating a case of drug peddling and unlawful possession of ammunition.

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“The team had arrested one Esther Newman Obiekezie, f, 42 years, aka Candy, of No 6, Mojirade Street, Ilogbo Lagos, on 6th February 2024, at her base where she sells drugs called ICE, and recovered a large quantity of the substance and some AK47 live ammunition from her.

“In the cause of the investigation, the duo of Akete Esther, f, 43, and Oke Okebalam, m, 49 years, of Ajamgbadi Lagos, came to the station in Ijanikin, to solicit for the release of the drug peddler, Esther, and offered the sum of four million naira, and pleaded that the police should stop disrupting the illegal business (drug peddling) of Esther, henceforth.

“The police officer who frowned at the offer seized the cash and marked it exhibit and arrested the duo for further investigation and prosecution.

“The IGP, therefore, reiterates the commitment of the Force to harnessing all available means and adopting professional anti-crime strategies to tackle all forms of crimes and criminality in Nigeria.

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