Nigeria: Police arrest three cops for gambling on duty
Ikeja, June, 6 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three policemen stationed near a bank in the Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos, for allegedly gambling while on duty.
The attention of the command had been drawn to a trending video on a social media platform where the policemen were allegedly shown smoking and counting money.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, was miffed at the video and ordered investigation into the incident.
In a statement on Tuesday, Oti noted that the cops had been arrested.
He said, “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media that policemen stationed near Zenith Bank, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, were seen counting bribe money and smoking.
“Based on the allegation, the CP Lagos ordered their arrest, detention and trial. Meanwhile, preliminary investigation into the case revealed that the men weren’t counting bribes received as alleged, but coupons they collected from a game of gambling they played, aka Baba Ijebu.
“The three policemen have been arrested and are currently facing disciplinary action that could lead to reduction in rank or dismissal. It is wrong to engage in such distracting activity while on duty.
“CP Lagos encourages members of the public to always expose, albeit accurately, undisciplined and unprofessional policemen.”