Policeman rejects N4m bribe in Lagos, nab drug peddlers

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A policeman, Rilwan Kasumu, has rejected an N4 million bribe offered by some drug peddlers in the Ilogbo area of Lagos State.

Kasumu, a Superintendent of Police, is the officer in charge of Area K in Marogbo, Lagos State Command. On Tuesday, police detained Esther Newman Obiekezie at her home in Ilogbo, where she sells illegal substances.

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying Obiekezie was discovered to have been selling the illicit drug.

Police officers raided her residence, and large quantities of drugs and some AK-47 live ammunition were said to have been recovered from her.

“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,” the statement read.

 

 

At the Ijanikin police station, some persons identified as Akete Esther and Oke Okebalam came to solicit Obiekezie’s release and allegedly offered the sum of N4 million as a bribe.

According to the force spokesman, the duo pleaded with the police to stop disrupting the suspect’s illicit drugs business. He said the police officers frowned at the bribe, seized the cash, marked it as an exhibit, and arrested the duo.

On his part, the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, commended Kasumu and his team for rejecting the bribe.

See the full statement below:

DRUG ABUSE: IGP COMMENDS LAGOS COPS FOR REJECTING 4M NAIRA BRIBE DURING INVESTIGATION

As Police Arrest Drug Peddlers, Recover Drugs, Ammunition In Lagos

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.

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 siezed 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.

ACP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra, fCAI

FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA

8th February, 2024.