Nigerian Police sacks, de-kits bribe-seeking policeman in viral video

Bribe-seeking policeman

The Nigerian Police Force has dismissed a bribe-seeking policeman identified as Inspector Richard Gele, the Police Inspector caught in a viral video dignifying and justifying extortion of members of the public and official corruption which trended from the 25th of July, 2022.

Inspector Gele was captured about 3 days ago in a viral video bragging about collecting bribes and how his oga permit it.

Inspector Gele said; “I Don’t Collect Change. I Will Collect Better Money And Not Hide It. Even IG Knows I’m Collecting Money.”

screenshot from the viral video of bribe-seeking policeman identified as Inspector Richard Gele

In the video that was filmed by road users, the officer and his colleague stopped a vehicle and demanded money from them after inspecting the car papers.

The officer was then offered an undisclosed amount, but he declined it and stated he only collects a large sum. The bribe-seeking officer also declared that even the IGP knows he collects money from motorists.

Precisely 3 days after the incident, the Nigerian police force have identified the erring inspector and subsequently dismissed him from service.

Inspector Richard Gele standing in the middle

The Force public relations officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, explained that Gele’s dismissal came after subjection to internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him in line with extant laws governing the conduct of police personnel.

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He said the Inspector, with AP/No. 188547, was attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State and deployed to the Itobe – Anyigba Road, for safety of road users and commuters, along the route, where the incident occurred.

He also said that the dismissed Inspector hails from Benue State, and was enlisted into the Force in September, 2000.

The statement reads in part:

“He therefore ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect. The officer has been de-kitted and handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, for further necessary action.

Inspector Richard Gele being de-kitted

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, while expressing the staunch commitment of his administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation, warned all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts,” he said.

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