The Nigerian police has that a policeman who was recorded while negotiating and taking bribe from a motorist in Lagos has been arrested.
The policeman identified as Onuh Makedomu with Force No. 431625, was filmed in the act in a video shared on Facebook and Twitter.
A statement by the Force Public Relation Officer, Frank Mba on Sunday, described Makedomu as a non-commissioned officer, adding that the sergeant was attached to 49 PMF but was on special duty with the Safer Highways Patrol, Lagos, during the incident.
Makedomu was seen in the video demanding and collecting the bribe from the motorist. He also went on to lie to his colleagues that he collected N5,000 while he pocketed N10,000 out of the N15,000 he got from the motorist.
“This one, it is a secret I am trying to tell you,” the officer who was on the passenger’s seat, besides the driver, said to the motorist as he began negotiating how to outsmart his fellow cops who were apparently expecting the bribe.
“You will bring N10,000 out of this money, give to that guy. You hear me? For there, you go tell them say na N5,000 you give me”, he said in the video.
The motorist counted N10,000 from a wad of N1,000 notes, gave it to the officer who went on to make a call, apparently to his superior and pleaded on behalf of the motorist. He lied in the phone conversation that the motorist gave him N5,000.
“How we go do for this guy, e no even get money!” he said on the phone.
Mr Makedomu wore a police uniform and was holding a rifle during the incident.
The police spokesman said in the statement that the officer has “since been identified and arrested”, adding that he was “undergoing Orderly Room trial on a two-count charge of Discreditable Conduct and Corrupt Practices at the Provost department of the Lagos State Police Command”.
Mba went further to describe the motorist as a “good citizen who courageously brought the inglorious act of the officer to the public domain.”
According to the statement, the Inspector General of Police has asked the motorist to meet with the police public relations officer, Lagos State Command, to get back his money.
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