Activist Drags Police Personnel before IGP for Extortion, Harassment

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ALIMI Sulaiman Adeniyi, a Lagos based human rights activist, has petitioned the police high command, seeking disciplinary actions against two errant personnel attached to the ‘Area F’ Police Station.

Specifically, Adeniyi is seeking action against Adenike Amoo, a superintendent of Police and Alasa Jimoh, a corporal, whom he accused of deliberately extorting and harassing him and two others, namely James Michael and Ogunlade Deborah.

In the letter addressed to Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of the Police, dated December 1, 2016, Adeniyi alleged that he had gone to the police station to pursue a petition he had written to the leadership of the police when the incidence occurred.

According to Adeniyi, Amoo is the team leader of the Human Rights Desk while Jimoh was said to be on duty as a guard manning entrance to the station as the time the incidence occurred.

Narrating his ordeal, adeniyi stated that “When we got to the gate of the station, we told Jimoh our mission, which was that we wanted to see one Inspector Friday whom we had been referred to by the headquarters of the state based on a petition that had been written in respect of Ms Ogunlade.”

According to the activist, Jimoh remained adamant saying his team could not secure access without parting with some gratification “but we insisted that we will report him to his boss who was the area commander before finally giving us access. He changed his mind when we told him that we could only give him marked money.”

In the letter, Sulaiman wrote that: “The conduct runs contrary to Section 98, 99 and 494 of the Criminal Code and Section 172, 209 with Fifth Schedule Part One, Sections 6 and 8 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended).”

He accused Amoo who was the head of the desk of allegedly refusing to make them write a statement of complaint when she received them in audience saying that could only happen when they paid for statement form and that the police commissioner lacked the required powers to compel her to do things against her will.

He stated that the action runs contrary to the etiquette of police work as encoded in Section 34 (1), saying that “All need in the FORCE is nothing but refined, reformed, resourceful, discipline and dedicated men and women. Who will project the good image of the Force both at home and abroad.

“We further request from the Federal Ministry of Police Affairs, Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Council to totally concentrate and abrogate the idiosyncratic tendency and constabulary mentality of personnel,” Adeniyi said.

—  Feb 22, 2017 @ 17:30 GMT

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