The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 65 police officers in various parts of the state for extortion in recent weeks.
Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the arrests were made by officers from the anti-extortionist squad of the command, in compliance with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on zero tolerance to corruption and unprofessional conduct.
Owoseni on Monday disclosed that the squad arrested 33 persons as at August 8, 12 more as at August 24, and another 20 by September 8.
“Some of them have been recommended for dismissal; some to be demoted in ranks. Others involved in unlawful killing have been charged to court for murder.
“Some others are undergoing departmental orderly room trials. There is no place for corrupt and unprofessional police in Lagos command.”
On re-orientation and retraining, Owoseni said 75 constables had undergone training in arms handling at the Ikeja Police College, in a move to check accidental discharge.
He said every action of the officers and men would be accounted for, stressing that the second batch of such training would come up soon.
“The police must know when and how to use force and they will be accountable for any force used in the course of their operation.
“They are to use force proportionately. Their action should not make anyone orphan, widow or widower.
“Policemen are servants and not masters. That is the training we had and we must keep it so.”