Edgal Imohimi has only been one week in charge as the Acting Commissioner of Police in the Lagos State command, but he has already announced himself with a bang.
On Monday, Imohimi ordered a full-scale investigation into the alleged corrupt practices preferred against the Officer-in-Charge (O/C) of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism Unit of the command, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Adejobi Akinade.
Imohimi also ordered Akinade’s immediate recall to the command headquarters in order to ensure an impartial investigation.
The action of the new police chief followed a September 1, 2017 petition by the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) which accused CSP Akinade of unlawful detention, demand of N70,000 bribe for bail and sexual molestation in the case of one Blessing Taiwo, accused of stealing $50,000 belonging to Mrs. Abiola Osagie.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, the police commissioner said he was worried about the allegation and wanted justice served. He directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Panti to commence a discreet and in-depth investigation into the alleged corrupt practices.
“The Commissioner of Police has requested that all parties involved are to come for an interview at the police command on September 5, 2017 at 9:00a.m,” the statement said. “The CP is reassuring Lagosians that every officer found indicted by their actions or inaction in regards this matter will face the full weight of the police regulations.”