By Ifeanyi Okolie
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, said the Command had arrested nine policemen, one traffic warden and two civilian accomplices, known as Camp Boys, for alleged extortion.
Edgal told newsmen that the arrest was a follow-up to his warning to officers and men of his Command to guide against corruption and unprofessional conducts.
He said the X-Squad unit had intensified its activities to ensure zero tolerance to corruption and unruly practices by Police officers and men of the Lagos State Police Command.
According to him, “in the light of this, operatives of the X-Squad have been out day and night to ensure that this renewed determination is achieved. To this effect, nine policemen and a Senior Traffic Warden alongside two of their accomplices popularly known as ‘Camp Boys’ or ‘Antelopes’ were arrested between September 1 and 18.
“One of the camp boys (name withheld) was arrested along Ikotun Road on September 8, alongside some unscrupulous policemen, who were caught extorting innocent motorists.
“Similarly, the unit also arrested another accomplice (name withheld) along Igando Road, with some policemen caught collecting money from some unsuspecting motorists.
“The policemen are currently undergoing departmental orderly room trial to ensure a total purging of the command of bad eggs, while their civilian accomplices are being charged to court for related offences.”
Edgal also directed that the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, and the Divisional Traffic officers of the affected areas be queried for lack of supervision and disobedience to lawful orders.
The Commissioner advised all executives and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, to warn their members from being used by unscrupulous policemen as tools and agents of extortion against members of the public.
“The activities of this unit are still on and we not relax until the Command gets rid of all the bad elements,” he added.