Three officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and two officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been arrested by the Imo State Command of the Nigerian Police for allegedly harassing and extorting residents of the state.
A 37-year-old police inspector was one of the people detained, however, their names were kept secret.
ASP Henry Okoye, the command’s spokesperson, revealed the details of these arrests at a briefing in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.
The suspects, according to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), were notorious for their habit of extorting innocent residents, with a priority on young people in Imo state.
The suspects carried out their illegal operations utilizing point-of-sale (POS) machines.
In Imo state, the operatives allegedly used the cover of “Operation Search and Flush Criminals” to engage in extortion and harassment while taking advantage of the low level of security.
Sometimes, they take their victims’ phones and make life extremely difficult for them by doing so.
The PPRO gave the public the reassurance that the investigation would move quickly and that measures would be made to prosecute the accused.