Friday, 23 June 2017

Video Of Bribe-taking Policeman with POS Machine is false – Lagos Police Spokesman

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Lagos Police PRO Mr. Famous Cole engages the cyclist and the accused officer

The Lagos state Police Command has dismissed a video footage making the rounds on social media about one of its officers using a Point-of-Sale machine popularly known as POS to extort a commercial motorcyclist.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole,  said early in the week that it was necessary to address the situation so as to clarify the account of how the incident in question was reported on various social media platforms.
He disclosed in a Press  Release sent to Asabeafrika that the video, which drew the attention of well-meaning Nigerians, saw a police officer, attached to the Makinde Police Division, allegedly using a POS to extort a motorcyclist and his passenger on Olowora Street, Mafoluku in Oshodi area on June 20, 2017.
The Okada cyclist with the accused speaking with Mr. Famous Cole
Famous-Cole in a press statement said “The Lagos state police command would like to inform the general public that none of its personnel is in use of a POS machine in any part of the state”. “The command would also like to state that the officer in the video is being investigated and the commercial bike rider has given a factual account of the event that happened to justify the actions of the police officer”.
The Okada Man with some of the Police officers
Cole explained what actually transpired between the officer and the Okada man “The officer and his team on that fateful day accosted a commercial bike rider and passenger who had a bag on him. The passenger upon inquiry from the police officer about the contents of his bag, brought out a POS machine and other documents”.  “When asked why he was in possession of a POS, the passenger said his customers usually paid for their utility bills with the POS machine. The passenger was then asked to produce a form of identification which he did and was asked to go by the policeman that accosted him”.
The PPRO however urged members of the public to always verify information and its sources before use on social media to avoid misconceptions emanating from false information.

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