How Police ‘Extort’ Victims Before Tracking Kidnappers, Thieves

Concerns and misgivings are growing among Nigerians over actions of the operatives of the Nigerian Police who allegedly demand and collect money before having kidnap victims, lost phones, and cars tracked, Daily Trust reports.

Investigations revealed that officers in charge of tracking stolen devices collect between N50,000 and N100,000 from members of the public, depending on the individual’s bargaining power.

This development, according to victims and security experts who spoke to our correspondents, constitutes “Unprofessional and illegal” conduct, which was at the “Root to corruption in the country”.

But the police authority in a swift reaction dismissed the allegations against the force, saying by all standards, officers of the force are not allowed to ask any Nigerian to pay when their service is needed.

The Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, in an interview with one of our correspondents directed any Nigerian who is asked to pay by any police officer, to report to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.

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