- The officers reportedly accused the motorist of beating traffic rules before following him to an ATM where he withdrew and paid N15,000
- The motorist later reported to the police authority which ensured that the two officers faced orderly room trial before their eventual sack
Two traffic wardens, Musa Muktar with force number 394120 GDI and Shuaibu Suleman with number 10627 have been sacked for alleged extortion.
The announcement was made by ACP Abayomi Shogunle, the assistant commissioner of police in charge of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), in Abuja on June 20, 2017.
The statement obtained by NAIJ.com showed that the sacked officers were attached to the Wuse Police Division in the Federal Capital Territory command.
They were sacked with immediate effect for corrupt practice following an orderly room trial at the provost department of the force headquarters Abuja and in which both wardens were found guilty of abuse of office, soliciting and receiving bribe contrary to paragraph c, sub (IV), (VI) and (II) of the first schedule of the Police Act and Regulation CAP 370 of 1990.
According to the details of their sack, on May 30, 2017 a motorist, “Mr AG (real name withheld), came to the PCRRU FHQ Abuja and reported that while driving his vehicle on 29th May, 2017 (12:30 pm) along Wuse market road, he was accosted by two traffic wardens who accused him of ‘beating traffic light’ despite the fact that he did not.”
The statement said the wardens started demanding for bribe before they would allow him go.
“They led him to an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) not far from the scene where he was forced to make a withdrawal of N15,000 from his account which he gave to the traffic wardens.
“He also stated that that one of the wardens forgot his mobile phone in his car.
“PCRRU immediately launched an investigation (tracking number #PCRRU475669); both traffic wardens where identified and apprehended.
“The sum of N15,000 earlier extorted from the complainant was recovered from both wardens (N7,500 each as money was already shared),” the statement said.
As a result of this, both wardens were said to have been tried and found guilty.
Shogunle said the orderly room trial had been reviewed by the appropriate authority and the punishment was approved with immediate effect.
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The police said all official materials including uniforms, identity cards and all accoutrements issued to the men have been retrieved and all other dismissal procedure completed.
“The complainant has also been handed back his N15,000 with an apology from the PCRRU," the statement said.
Reacting, the complainant said: “I never thought this could happen in this country; the officers punished and my money returned to me. God bless the IG, I will go out and spread the news about PCRRU to everyone.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has commended the complainant for exposing what has been described as unprofessional and unacceptable conduct of the traffic wardens.
“We will not allow corrupt practices to continue,” Idris said urging members of the public to make use of the PCRRU platform which is available all the time.
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