PH man accuses police of assault, extortion, planting exhibit on him


A Port Harcourt-based man, Daddy Geoffrey, has accused some Police Officers of the Rivers State Police Command of extorting N8,000 from him, after allegedly planting Indian hemp on his body while conducting a search.

Geoffrey, in a post on social media which he tagged the Force Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police, Adejobi Olumuyiwa explained that on his way to a friend’s party over the weekend, he was stopped by men of the Rivers State Police Command at Obiri-Ikwere junction in Port Harcourt.

Geoffrey alleged that the Police searched him the first time and found nothing on him but that one of the Police officers insisted he was a Yahoo boy, which prompted him to present his identity card to them to clear the doubt about his source of income.

He said the officers made him sit on the floor at a fueling station close to the checkpoint, and searched him for the second time, only to see them bring out a parcel of India Hemp.

Geoffrey said he was slapped by one of the officers, handcuffed and directed he should pay his driver to leave while he was made to pay the sum of N8,000 as bail since that was the only money he could access at that time.

He called on the police authority to intervene in the matter.

In his response, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa in a chat with one of the mediums in Port Harcourt, assured that the Force Headquarters will ask the Rivers State Command to take up the matter.

CSP Olumuyiwa said he will personally follow up on the matter critically and professionally for the sake of justice.

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