- A senior police officer has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Ekiti state
- The officer, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, was found guilty of buying a stolen car
- The judge in charge of the case accused the officer of buying the vehicle despite knowing that it was stolen
A report by Nigerian Tribune indicates that an Ekiti high court has sentenced an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Okubo Aboye, to life imprisonment for buying a stolen vehicle from kidnappers in the state.
According to the report, the car was tracked down to the compound of ACP Okubo who on interrogation by investigative officers confessed that he bought the vehicle from his mechanic who received it from the kidnappers.
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In his judgement, Justice John Adeyeye found the ACP guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment accordingly.
“I found you guilty of receiving a stolen vehicle. All evidence pointed to the fact that you were aware that the car was stolen. You are hereby sentenced to life imprisonment for the offence.”
Meanwhile, a former assistant director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has asked the federal government to prioritise the welfare of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
According to him, the Nigerian government cannot continue to relegate the NPF and expect maximum performance from its personnel.
He further stated that the morale of the average policeman in Nigeria is low because they are not well taken care of.
In a related development, a young Nigerian software engineer identified as Femi (@3eyedpixel) on Twitter has taken to his page to recount his poor experience with some policemen recently.
Femi in his series of tweets explained that on Thursday, January 13, some policemen extorted N100,000 from him while he was on his way to the airport.
According to him, his only crime was having his official laptop with him, stressing that since they could not pin a crime on him, they wanted to take him to their station if he could not pay their N500,000 demand.
Femi said that he was running late for his flight and decided to be diplomatic but they were adamant and later settled for N100,000.
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