• July 22, 2019

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

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 FamousCole,  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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