17 policemen arrested for taking bribes

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 17 policemen for acts of misconduct, including taking bribes.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen, who were arrested between October 6 and 28, 2016, were undergoing an orderly room trial.

This is just as 26 armed robbery suspects and 18 suspected kidnappers were also rounded up by the police during the same period.

A source told our correspondent that some of the arrested policemen risked dismissal, while others  could be demoted.

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the arrest, adding that residents of the state should not hesitate to report erring officers to the command.

He said, “A total number of 17 policemen were arrested in different areas of the state for misconduct. The necessary disciplinary measures are being taken against them.

“The command is alive to its responsibilities. We have zero tolerance for crime. Also, a total of 26 armed robbery suspects and 18 suspected kidnappers were arrested by the command. We recovered two AK-47 rifles, 14 locally-made pistols and 193 live cartridges from them.

“In the different police operations, 17 vehicles were recovered from criminal elements, while 11 mobile phones were also recovered.”

PUNCH

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