Police Dismiss Two Traffic Wardens For Extorting N15,000 From Motorist (Photo)
The Nigeria Police Force have dismissed two traffic wardens, three weeks after they were found to have extorted N15,000 from a motorist in Abuja. Shuaibu Suleman and Musa Muktari were dismissed on Tuesday. The dismissal of the two wardens came after a motorist filed a complaint to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, Force Headquarters Abuja on May 30. The complainant stated that while driving his vehicle on May 29, at about 12:30pm along Wuse Market road, he was accosted by the two Traffic Wardens who accused him of “beating traffic light” despite the fact that he did not. That the wardens started demanding for bribe before they will allow him go and they led him to an ATM where he was forced to make a withdrawal of N15,000 from his account which he gave to the traffic wardens. He also stated that that one of the wardens forgot his mobile phone in his car. The PCRRU immediately launched an investigation and both traffic wardens were identified and apprehended. The sum of N15,000 they extorted was recovered. Traffic warden Uniforms, ID cards and all police accoutrements issued to the men have been retrieved and all other dismissal procedure completed.
The extorted sum of N15,000 have been handed back to the complainant with an apology from the PCRRU. The visibly delighted man while collecting his money said hnever thought this could happen in Nigeria.
However, the IG of Police, Mr. Idris, has commended the complainant for exposing the traffic wardens. He equally enjoined members of the public to make use of the PCRRU platform which is available 24/7.