The Nigeria Police Force has warned the general public about recent activities of some individuals operating as middlemen, acting as negotiators, and exploiting the names of high-ranking police officers, including that of the Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, to intimidate and coerce others on behalf of individuals who are currently in police custody over involvement in criminal activities.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi made the development known on Monday night in an official correspondence obtained by The Guardian.
Adejobi said, “The Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned about recent reports concerning the activities of certain individuals who are operating as middlemen, acting as negotiators on behalf of individuals involved in criminal activities currently in police custody. These individuals have been exploiting the names of high-ranking police officers, including that of the Inspector-General of Police, to intimidate and coerce others.
‘*We strongly encourage all Nigerians to be vigilant and exercise discernment when approached by anyone using the names of senior police officers, as this practice not only undermines trust in our law enforcement agencies but also poses a significant threat to the integrity of our justice system.”
He also urged police officers who may consider working with such “middlemen” to be cautious, as anyone found guilty will face the consequences.
“Furthermore, we wish to emphasise our commitment to the high standards and principles upon which the Nigeria Police Force is built. We strongly caution members of our own ranks who may consider colluding with these middlemen to compromise the standards of the force, to refrain from such actions immediately.
“It is essential to highlight that any officer found engaging in such activities will face severe consequences. The Nigeria Police Force maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy towards any actions that could tarnish our reputation or compromise the administration of justice.”
The police high command also warned the public against fraudulent individuals who disguise as police auctioneers to defraud unsuspecting victims.
“In addition to the issues of name-dropping and impersonation, we also wish to draw the public’s attention to the fraudulent activities of individuals who parade themselves as police auctioneers. These fraudsters are not affiliated with the Nigeria Police Force in any official capacity. We want to emphasize that we have duly registered auctioneers who follow established procedures for Conducting public auctions. Any deviation from these procedures is unlawful, and we urge the public to be vigilant against fraudulent practices.
“Finally, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism within the Nigeria Police Force. We urge all Nigerians to have faith in our justice system and to report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities, most especially, our already published contacts. We are determined to protect the rights and interests of all citizens and to maintain the trust that you place in us as a responsible and civil law enforcement agency,” Adejobi added.