Inspector fired by police for “justifying” extortion
Inspector Richard Gele was fired by the police after he was seen in a viral video “dignifying and justifying” the extortion of bystanders.
Mr. Gele was a member of the Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron in Okene, Kogi State, until he was fired.
A statement from police spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi said, “The Nigeria Police Force has terminated one Mr. Richard Gele, the Police Inspector captured in a viral video dignifying and justifying extortion of members of the public and official corruption which trended from the 25th of July, 2022.”
“The Inspector, with AP/No. 188547, who till his discharge was attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State, was deployed to the Itobe – Anyigba Road for the protection of road users and commuters along the route where the event occurred.
“The Benue State native who was fired from his position as an inspector joined the force in September 2000. His dismissal came after he was subject to an internal disciplinary process and was cleared of all accusations in accordance with the laws in force that control the behavior of police officers. As a result, he no longer qualifies as a Nigeria Police Force member. The officer has been unkitted and delivered to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police for further action.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, warned all personnel to abstain from extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption, and other inappropriate acts while expressing the steadfast commitment of his administration to leave behind policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation. The IGP asked them to carry out their responsibilities with exceptional bravery and patriotism.