The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, on Thursday, commended SP Rilwan Kasumu and his team in the Area K, Marogbo of the Lagos State Police Command for rejecting a N4m bribe offered to them while investigating a case of alleged drug peddling and unlawful possession of ammunition against a suspected drug peddler, Esther Newman Obiekezie, f, 42 years, aka Candy, of No 6, Mojirade Street, Ilogbo Lagos, on February 6.
The officers subsequently arrested Esther Akete and Oke Okebalam who attempted to bribe the police for the suspected drug peddler’s release.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
The statement read, “The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has commended the officer in charge of the Police Tactical Team attached to Area K, Marogbo, Lagos State Command, SP Rilwan Kasumu, and team, for rejecting N4m bribe while investigating a case of drug peddling and unlawful possession of ammunition.
“The team had arrested one Esther Newman Obiekezie, f, 42 years, aka Candy, of No 6, Mojirade Street, Ilogbo Lagos, on February 6, 2024, at her base where she sells drugs called ICE, and recovered a large quantity of the substance and some AK47 live ammunition from her.
“In the course of the investigation, the duo of Esther Akete, f, 43, and Oke Okebalam, m, 49 years, of Ajamgbadi Lagos, came to the station in Ijanikin to solicit the release of the drug peddler, Esther, and offered N4m and pleaded that the police should stop disrupting the illegal business (drug peddling) of Esther, henceforth.”
Adejobi disclosed that the police officer who frowned on the offer seized the cash and marked it exhibit and arrested the duo for further investigation and prosecution.
Punch / Arafat Ayofe