The Imo State Police Command has taken into custody an Inspector of Police, three officers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and two officers from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). They stand accused of harassing and extorting civilians within the state, employing Point of Sale (POS) machines for their illicit activities.
According to ASP Henry Okoye, the spokesperson for the command, these suspects were known for their pattern of extorting unsuspecting civilians, particularly young people in Owerri, by using POS machines.
He revealed, “These are security operatives hiding under the umbrella of Operation Search and Flush in Imo, harassing and extorting unsuspecting members of the public, in particular the youths to the tune of thousands of Naira. They use POS, seize and check the phones of their victims, thereby bringing untold hardship to them.”
The Imo State Police assured the public that they would swiftly conclude their investigation and ensure that the suspects face justice for their alleged actions.