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The Police Command in Imo State has apprehended no fewer than three officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and two from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for allegedly harassing and extorting civilians in the state.
The spokesman for the command, ASP Henry Okoye, made this known to The Eastern Updates on Wednesday.
Among those arrested was a 37-year-old police Inspector for the same offence.
He alleged that the suspects were notorious for extorting unsuspecting civilians, especially the youths in Owerri, using point-of-sale machines.
‘These are security operatives hiding under the umbrella of Operation Search and Flush in Imo, harassing and extorting unsuspecting members of the public, in particular the youths, to the tune of thousands of naira.
‘They use POS, seize and check the phones of their victims, thereby bringing untold hardship to them,’ he added.
Okoye assured the public that action would be expedited to conclude the investigation and bring the suspects to justice.
In another report, an Imo State-based journalist, Chidiebube Okeoma, has raised the alarm over the gruesome murder of his mother, Mrs Patricia Okeoma by one Amos Ike and called for a thorough investigation by the state command.
Okeoma in a petition to the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, lamented that the Okigwe Police Division lacked the capacity to prosecute the case.
Already, he has called for the immediate transfer of the case file to the Criminal Investigation Department of the state Police Command.
According to him, he wants the case file transferred to the state CID for a thorough investigation of the assassination of his mother.