Dismissed Policeman Jailed For Extortion


A dismissed policeman, Michael Abutu, 30, who was arrested and charged to court for parading himself as a mobile police officer, has been jailed for six years without an option of fine.

He was arrested wearing a mobile police uniform and extorting money from members of the public.

He was arraigned before the Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, southwest Nigeria on a three-count charge of impersonation and extortion, offences punishable under sections 99, 109 and 110 of the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

The prosecutor, Olajokun Balogun, told the court that he was arrested at Ikotun Roundabout in police uniform while extorting money from motorists.

He disclosed that the accused initially resisted arrest, claiming that he was still serving in the Force. Investigations, however, revealed that he was dismissed from the police four years ago. Instead of submitting his uniform, he kept it.

When asked to take his plea, the accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years imprisonment without an option of fine by the presiding magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folami.

The court also ruled that the sentence will run concurrently.


—Cyriacus Izuekwe