The Lagos State Police Command yesterday said its X-Squad unit has arrested no fewer than 10 policemen and two of their accomplices for practices bordering on corruption and unruliness.
The nine policemen and a senior traffic warden were picked up alongside two of their accomplices popularly as known as ‘Camp Boys’ or ‘Antelopes’ by the X-Squad, a unit charged with keeping policemen in check.
According to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, the squad were detailed to ensure zero tolerance to corruption and unruly practices by police officers and men of the command.
He said, “In the light of this, operatives of the squad have been out day and night to ensure that this renewed determination is achieved.
“To this effect, nine (9) policemen and a Senior Traffic Warden alongside two (2) of their accomplices popularly as known as ‘Camp Boys’ or ‘Antelopes’ were arrested between September 1 to 18, 2017.
“One of the Camp boys, identified as Taofik Ismaila was arrested along Ikotun road on September 8, along with some unscrupulous policemen, who were caught extorting money from innocent motorists.
“Similarly, the unit also arrested one Stephen Nwafor along Igando road with some erring policemen caught collecting money from unsuspecting motorists.
“The policemen are presently undergoing departmental orderly room trial to ensure a total purging of the bad eggs, while their civilian accomplices are being charged to court for related offences.”
Meanwhile, the CP also directed that the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and their Divisonal Traffic counterparts of the affected areas be issued query for lack of supervision and disobedience to lawful orders.
He also issued a warning to all executives and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to warn their members from being used by unscrupulous policemen as tools and agents of extortion against members of the public.
He added that the activities of this unit are still on and will not relax until the command gets rid of all the bad elements.