Viral video: Police inspector dismissed after being caught justifying extortion

Police inspector Richard Gele

A police inspector, Richard Gele with AP/No. 188547, was dismissed after he was caught in a viral video justifying extortion of members of the public members and official corruption.

The video of Gele, attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State, has been trending since Monday, July 25.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement, said Gele was dismissed after he was found wanting of the charges levelled against him by the police’s internal disciplinary mechanism.

Gele was deployed to the Itobe–Anyigba Road for the safety of road users before his dismissal.

The statement reads in part, “His dismissal came after subjection to internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him in line with extant laws governing the conduct of police personnel.

“He therefore ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect. The officer has been de-kitted and handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, for further necessary action.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, while expressing the staunch commitment of his administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation, warned all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts. The IGP urged them to display exemplary courage and patriotism in the discharge of their duties.”

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