The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has indicted Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the state as being on the payroll of Internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boys.
Punch reports that the CP made the statement while delivering a lecture on the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers at the Police Officers’ Wives’ Association (POWA) Hall in Ikeja, the state capital on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Owoseni who blew the whistle on top police officers in the state told the Commanders and the DPOs to sit up or be shown the way out of the force.
Warning top security operatives to shun bribery or leave the state, Owoseni added that discrete investigations have shown that some of them are on the payroll of fraudsters and that is why they have not been able to bring rising crime wave in the state to an end.
“I am tired of hearing about shooting or killing of innocent persons. No one has the right to take another man’s life. It is only God that has the right to take life.
It is your responsibility as a DPO to know those who are collecting bribe under you. If you refuse to stop them, they will stop you from being a DPO.
It is embarrassing to see policemen collecting bribes and chasing Yahoo-Yahoo Boys for a DPO. I would not cover any DPO. I will expose you.
Just leave Lagos before I get to your station. I cannot share out of your misconduct. I will give your photographs and details to journalists to expose you,” Owoseni fumed.
Continuing, the angry CP said:
“I am shocked to hear that some Area Commanders and DPOs are on the payrolls of fraudsters. I am investigating. Just pray that I don’t get you.
Just know that you are causing pains for taxpayers if you are intimidating them and collecting bribe from criminals.
It is a curse to build a house with the money. The building would collapse on your head. Some of you even take people to the bank to collect money.
If you train your children with the money, they won’t be useful to you. If those who were in the force before us bastardized it, we would not have the opportunity to be enlisted in the police.
I am tired of pleading with police victims because you are doing what you are not supposed to do. Remember, one day, you are going to die and give account to your Creator.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) should take note. I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline. Learn a lesson from the DPO at Ijeshatedo who shot dead a fashion designer.
He is in our custody and we are compiling charges against him. He would soon be arraigned in court. All DPOs in Ikorodu should use all resources within their disposals to fish out Badoo cult group that has been causing havoc in the community.
I am giving you all 48 hours to decongest your cells. Nobody should be detained more than 48 hours. I will conduct checks on the cells,” he concluded.