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₦22m bitcoin extortion: investigation of police officers begin

The Nigeria Police Force has commenced investigations into the alleged professional misconduct, abuse of office, and extortion of ₦22 million worth Bitcoin from some citizens in Lagos State, leveled against a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Nwawe Cordelia, and others serving at the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Alagbon, Lagos.

This follows the setting up of a Special Investigation Panel by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to carry out a discreet and transparent investigation into the allegation.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer CP Frank Mba, the move became imperative following reports in the media alleging the involvement of the officers in the extortion of the said amount from two young Nigerians, Morakinyo Tobiloba Peter and Yusuf Samson Dayo at gunpoint on July 14, 2021, while driving along the Ikoyi/Ajah Expressway, Lagos State.

Consequently, DSP Cordelia and the other Police personnel allegedly indicted in the report, have been ordered to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, 21st December 2021 to answer to the allegations against them.

The Special Investigation Panel is headed by DCP Olaolu Adegbite of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) a pioneer investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) between 2012-2015.

The statement further calls on members of the public with similar experiences of high-handedness or extortion by the officers in question, her team, or any other officer at the FCID Alagbon to come forward with detailed information to enable the panel to achieve a holistic investigation.

Editing by Muzha Kucha