Police Dismiss Two Traffic Wardens For Extortion
The Inspector General of Police has said that he “will not allow corrupt practices to continue” and two traffic wardens have been made scapegoats.
F/No. 394120 GDI Musa Muktari and F/No. 10627 GDII Shuaibu Suleman attached to Wuse Police Division, FCT Abuja Command have been dismissed from service with immediate effect.
Their dismissal follows an Orderly Room trial at the Provost Department, Force Headquarters Abuja in which both wardens were found guilty of abuse of office, soliciting and receiving a bribe.
All the offences are contrary to Paragraph C sub (IV), (VI) and (II) of the 1st Schedule of the Police Act and Regulation CAP 370 of 1990.
The Case Against Them
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 a motorist Mr. KG (real name withheld) came to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) FHQ Abuja and reported that while driving his vehicle on 29th May, 2017 (12:30pm) along Wuse market road he was accosted by two Traffic Wardens who accused him of “beating traffic light” despite the fact that he did not.
He claims the wardens demanded for bribe and led him to an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) not far from the scene where he was forced to make a withdrawal of N15,000.
He also stated that that one of the wardens forgot his mobile phone in his car.
PCRRU immediately launched an investigation (Tracking Number PCRRU475669), both traffic wardens where identified and apprehended.
The sum of N15,000 earlier extorted from the complainant was recovered from both wardens (N7,500 each as money was already shared).
Both wardens were subsequently defaulted and referred to the Force Provost Marshal FHQ Abuja for Orderly Room trial, during which all witnesses were called, exhibits were presented and defaulters (both wardens) heard.
The Adjudicating officer found both defaulters guilty as charged and recommended dismissal from service.
The visibly delighted man while collecting his money said “I never thought this could happen in this country; the officers punished and my money returned to me. God bless the IG, I will go out and spread the news about PCRRU to everyone”.