Returns over N800,000 extorted money to owners
The consistent efforts of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) to curb excesses and impunity among police officers in the country has continued to yield massive results. This is even as from July to September, 16 police officers have been sanctioned for various acts of professional misconducts.
Similarly, the PCRRU has, a result of targeted campaigns across the country, apprehended 2 terror suspects in Akoko Area of Ondo State.
This is following its face-to-face confidence building with citizens.
This is contained in the Q3 2017 (July -September) report of the PCRRU.
Also, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the suspension from service of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Bayo Obadiah, attached to Ikorodu Area Command, Lagos, over corrupt practices.
The report which was signed by the Officer in Charge of the PCRRU, Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), disclosed that arrangements have been concluded to upgrade the PCRRU Call Centre to improve the efficiency of the unit for optimal performance in line with the desire of the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to bring an end to impunity in the Force.
The report disclosed that the PCRRU in Q3 2017 recovered and returned N834,000,000 extorted money to members of the public.
“Part of the money recovered includes the sum of ?100,000 previously extorted from a woman in Kano State who got her money after she contacted the PCRRU,” the report said.
According to the report, 764 complaints were recorded in the Q3 2017, with Lagos State Command topping the state ranking table with 180 (23.56 per cent), followed by Rivers State with 102 (13.35) and FCT-Abuja 87 (11.39).
Sokoto and Plateau state Commands, the report said, recorded no complaint in the period under review.
“In all, phone call was the most preferred channel by members of the public for lodging complaints with 447 (58.5 per cent), WhatsApp 203 (26.57 per cent), Twitter 19 (2.49 per cent), Facebook 6 (0.71 per cent), SMS 3 (0.39 per cent), BBM 1 (0.13 per cent) and others (Written Petition, Media Publications etc.) 29 (3.80 per cent),” it stressed.
The report revealed that several massive sensitization campaigns were carried out in selected states including Helicopter airdrops in Kano and Kaduna States, face-to-face dissemination in Borno and Ondo states by the PCRRU agents.
While applauding partners for their support, the report noted that “most of these were achievable with the collaboration and support received from our partners which has provided for a notable increase in rate of engagement between PCRRU and members of the public in Q3 2017 (i.e. July – September) than in the same period in 2016.”
However, in an interview s ome residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) applauded the efforts of the PCRRU for what they described as policing the police.
Responding to a question on the issue of bail is free, Haruna Ibrahim, a resident of Mpape, said: “There is great improvement in getting bail now in most police stations in recent times. I just came from Zaria few days ago and there was an issue my brothers had with his neighbour which led him to be dragged to the Police and was detained. When we went to get him out on bail, I was surprised that the police did not ask us to bring any money as is the usual practice.
“Also, here in Mpape, I discovered that the question of money during bail has fizzled out of recent.
“I think with concerted efforts, our police will be at par with those of other countries of the world.”