Family Of Man Detained By IGP Unit In Rivers Accuse Team Of Extorting 700,000 naira

The IGP Tactical Squad based at Borokiri Police Station in Port
Harcourt, Rivers  State is facing fresh allegations of extortion of seven hundred thousand
naira from the family of one THANKGOD ‘JAJA’ OKERE.

The family said JAJA was detained on a false accusation of being a
kidnapper after he was arrested on the 25th of February by the police
unit at the burial of an uncle in Umuechem, Etche Local Government
Area.

However, JAJA, who was released on Wednesday night , said the Investigating
Police Officer, BELLO YUSUF, told him to accept that he was a cultist
after he rejected the charges of kidnapping and armed robbery.

JAJA also alleged that the operatives of the IGP Tactical Squad
tortured him while he was detained at their Borokiri Police Station
base.

Our correspondent reports that the Tactical team
released JAJA after the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, FRIDAY
EBOKA, ordered that he be charged to court or be released, if there
was no evidence against him.

In the meantime, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and
Accountability Campaign wants the Inspector General of Police to
investigate the allegations against the IGP Tactical Unit at the
Bokokiri Police Station.

The Coordinator of the Centre, PRINCE WIRO, made the call on the
backdrop of the account of JAJA OKERE who alleged that he was detained
for almost a month at the Tactical Unit base in Borokiri.

WIRO decried the extra-judicial detention of suspects and extortion of
the detainees on supposed fake charges.

PRINCE WIRO said the Centre for Basic Rights would ensure that the
erring police officers were prosecuted, noting that the body was
documenting suspected human rights by the police officers.

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