The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun), Adeleke Adeyinka Bode, has lamented that some men of the Nigeria Police Force are into cultism and internet fraud, otherwise known as Yahoo-Yahoo.
According to him, the policemen in these acts are the ones sabotaging the efforts of the police force to rid the nation of crimes and giving the force a bad name.
The AIG stated that a policeman in a particular cult group would do everything to ensure members of his group are protected, even when they have committed an offence.
While lamenting the high rate of cultism among the officers, he warned them against misconduct and other acts that may trigger civil unrest; charging the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to fish out cops involved in cultism and cybercrime.
“If you (police officers) are a cultist I don’t think you should show it to people because it is wrong; and do you know why it is wrong even if you are not wicked? if you belong to a cult group, there is no way you are not going to favour a member of your cult, unless you are not a good cult member.
“In a situation where a police officer is a member of a cult group and people in the society know that he is a cultist, his activities are related to cultism, I think it is sad.
“There are some of our policemen too now that are into cybercrime, popularly know as Yahoo-Yahoo, especially policemen who find themselves in places where we have institutions of higher learning; it is very common. You (Commissioner) need to fish them out and you need to preach to them,” Adeleke said.
Speaking in Abeokuta, Adeleke warned that another #EndSARS protest may lead to the end of the police, warning his men to be more professional and civil while dealing with members of the public.
“Another EndSARS may lead to the end of the police,” he feared.