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Police Suspend 2 Officers, Dismiss Another For Alleged $3,000 Extortion



The Rivers State Police Command has suspended two officers and dismissed another from the Force for allegedly extorting 3,000 US dollars from two persons at gunpoint.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the development in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, said that Insp. Michael Odey was dismissed on Feb. 7, while ASP Doubara Edonyabo and ASP Talent Mungo had their case files sent to the police headquarters for further review.

“Edonyabo and Mungo’s cases were forwarded to the police headquarters due to their ranks requiring approval from the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission (PSC).

“Consequently, the PSC has now officially authorized the suspension of Edonyabo and Mungu, effective from Feb. 29, 2024.

“Both officers will face the Force Disciplinary Committee (FDC), which is responsible for addressing disciplinary issues involving senior officers,” she said.

Iringe-Koko promised that the command would provide regular update on the trial of the two officers.

“This decisive course of action serves as a strong deterrent to any police officer who may contemplate engaging in misconduct in the course of their duty.

“We unequivocally reaffirm our unwavering commitment to upholding the fundamental principles of credible policing in the state.

“The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Olatunji Disu, remains steadfast in his dedication to maintaining discipline among officers,” she added.

The command spokesperson urged residents to report any form of misconduct by any officer through: 08161355218, and 08067167605 on WhatsApp. She assured that the informant’s identity would be kept confidential.