Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says its has arrested three of its officers over allegations of unprofessionalism, high-handedness, and judicial killings in Anambra State.
The force disclosed this in a statement by its public relations officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Friday, February 17, 2023.
According to the statement, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has set up a special investigation panel under the IGP Monitoring and Mentoring Unit to commence investigations into the weighty allegations of unprofessionalism, high-handedness, and extra-judicial killings leveled against its officers serving at the Zone 13 Command, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and the Anambra State Command on social media platforms.
In light of the serious allegations leveled against the officers – CSP Patrick Agbazue, officer-in-charge of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Anambra State Command; SP Nwode Nkeiruka, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo-Dunukofia, and Inspector Harrison Akama attached to the RRS, they reported at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja today Friday 17th February, 2023, on the directives of the IGP for commencement of investigations to ascertain the veracity of the allegations for further necessary action, while the panel has been given a period of two weeks to come up with a report of investigations.
The Inspector-General of Police has assured that the findings of the investigations will determine the next line of action, even as he promises that the Force will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is done in the case and sanctions meted to any officers found guilty accordingly.”
Mr Agbazue, Mrs Nkeiruka, and Mr Akama were accused on social media of masterminding kidnappings and extra-judicial killings in Anambra State.
Reacting to the allegations on social media, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, assured Nigerians that the police was looking into the allegations.
“The Force Headquarters is aware of this case. We are looking into it with all the seriousness it deserves.
“The IGP personally has stepped into the case, and we hope to speak, officially, about the matter. Pls, be calm while we take the necessary action. Thanks,” Mr Adejobi said.