$3,000 Extortion, Kidnapping: Police Dismiss Inspector, Refer Two ASPs Case For Review


The long arm of the law has caught up with one Inspector Michael Odey serving with the Rivers State Command over his dirty role in kidnapping and extorting $3,000 from two persons at gunpoint in the state.

This was as the files of two other officers, ASP Doubara Edonyabo and Talent Mungo, also allegedly involved in the criminal incident, were forwarded to the Police Force headquarters for review.

However, the police authorities said that the three officers would remain in custody as investigations continue into two additional cases of a similar nature.

The $3,000 was extorted from a yet-to-be-identified man in Port Harcourt who was whisked by the policemen from Port Harcourt to outside the state and was forced to pay the sum.

The arrest of the three police officers followed a disclosure by an X user, Harrison Gwamnishu, on his handle, @HarrisonBbi18, who stated that “police officers attached to Rivers State Police Command left Port Harcourt to Aba, Abia State, arrested the man, took him to Bayelsa State and entered Ughelli, Delta State.

Harrison Gwamnishu further said that after paying the $3,000, the police officers moved the man back to Port Harcourt and dumped him.

These were disclosed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe-Koko in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

SP Iringe-Koko said that Inspector Odey’s dismissal was confirmed following the conclusion of Orderly Room proceedings and a review by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 16, Yenagoa, AIG Alifa Omata.

According to Iringe-Koko; “AIG Omata upheld the recommendation for dismissal from the Force, and as such, Odey was relieved of his duty, effective February 7, 2024.

“Similarly, Edonyabo and Mungo, have been queried and recommended for dismissal in compliance with established procedures. The recommendation has been forwarded to the Secretary of the Nigeria Police Force for necessary action.

“The disciplinary process for Edonyabo and Mungo will involve review by the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to ensure a fair resolution.

The police spokesperson said the Rivers State command encourages residents to report any misconduct by law enforcement agents promptly, stressing that any officer found to be involved in misconduct would dealt with appropriately in line with laid down procedure, fairness, and justice.

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