Imohimi Edgal, Lagos state commissioner of police, has ordered the arrest of two policemen reportedly seen counting coupons they collected from a game of gambling better known as “Baba Ijebu”.
Chike Oti, the command’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Oti said the command’s attention was drawn to a video on social media of the officers captured counting coupons.
According to him, witnesses mistook the money for bribe collected from motorists.
He, however, said preliminary investigation revealed the money was proceeds from the game.
He said Edgal ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the officers reportedly stationed near a Zenith Bank branch at the Opebi axis of Ikeja.
“The attention of the Lagos state police command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on a social media platform that policemen stationed near Zenith Bank, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, were seen counting bribes received and smoking,” the statement read.
“Based on the allegation, the CP Lagos ordered for their arrest, detention and trial. Meanwhile, preliminary investigation into the case revealed that the men weren’t counting bribes received as alleged but coupons they collected from a game of gambling they played a.k.a Baba Ijebu.
“The men are currently facing disciplinary action that could lead to reduction in rank or dismissal. It is wrong to engage in such distracting activity while on duty.”
He said Edgal also encouraged members of the public to always expose, albeit accurately, indiscipline and unprofessional policemen.