Force Headquarters Orders Investigation Into Alleged Extortion, Planting Of Indian Hemp In Accused’s Pocket By Police Officers

The Police headquarters Abuja has ordered the Rivers State Police Command to investigate allegation by a man identified as Daddy Geoffrey who accused some Police Officers of the Rivers State Police Command of extorting N80,000 from him after they planted an ‘India hemp’ on his body while conducting a search.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Adejobi Olumuyiwa while responding to complaint by Mr Godffrey said he had asked the Rivers State command to take the matter up.

CSP Olumuyiwa said the Police will need to hear from the officers, too, as there was no senior officer at the scene.

He assured the complainant that the Force headquaters will critically and professionally look into his complaints for Justice to be done.

Meanwhile, Mr Godffrey in a post he tagged the Force Public Relations Officer,CSP Adejobi Olumuyiwa on twitter explained that on his way to support a friend’s party on Sunday  night , he was stopped by men of the Rivers State Police Command at Obiri-kwere junction.

Having searched him and found nothing, and having disclosed what he does for a living, Godffrey said the officers started calling him a Yahoo boy.

Mr Godffrey revealed that he had to find his ID card in his bag and showed them.

He said the officers insisted he was lying and they made him to go sit at the filling station close to their check point and after a while, they came and sat with him and conducted a second search.

The next thing I saw was their bringing a parcel of weed which I didn’t know where it came from and pretended it was from my bag”.

He stated that while he was insisting that it wasn’t his, the next thing, they did was to  slap and handcuffed him.

He explained that he felt so helpless because he was alone and they made him to pay his driver so he could go.

Mr Godffrey maintained that he does not smoke weed, “I’ve never smoke weed in my life, I don’t even have friends that come to smoke at my place so why would I be carrying weed about? After everything, they said I was going to go to the station and they’ll take me to NDLEA.

After about 2 hours in handcuff inside their van, they finally agreed for me to pay them  but I ended up paying 80k cause that was the only money I could access at that point” he said.

Mr Godffrey said they made him call his accountant so he could send the balance but the accountant wasn’t active at that point.

He told them that he was ready for a drug test to be conducted on him to confirm if he smokes weed.

He noted that his hard earned N80,000 was collected for something he was sure he didn’t do, adding that he makes a honest living as a Public Relations person, and as an owner of a short-let agency, a small properties business and events.

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