Musa Muktari and Shuaibu Suleman, both traffic wardens with the Nigerian Police until Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, have been dismissed from the force after it emerged that both men extorted money from a motorist, going as far as getting the driver to make withdrawals from his ATM.
Both men, until their dismissal, were attached to Wuse Police Division, FCT Abuja Command. The sack followed an Orderly Room trial at the Provost Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, where both wardens were found guilty of abuse of office, soliciting and receiving a bribe contrary to the Police Act and Regulation CAP 370 of 1990.
On 30 May, 2017, a motorist Mr. AG (real name withheld for his protection) came to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) FHQ, Abuja, and reported that while driving his vehicle on 29th May, 2017 (12:30pm) along Wuse market road he was accosted by two Traffic Wardens who accused him of “beating traffic light” despite the fact that he did not.
The motorist claimed also that the wardens started demanding for bribe before they will allow him go and they led him to an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) not far from the scene where he was forced to make a withdrawal of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15,000) from his account which he gave to the traffic wardens.
He also stated that one of the wardens forgot his mobile phone in his car.
PCRRU immediately launched an investigation both traffic wardens where identified and apprehended. The sum of N15,000 earlier extorted from the complainant was recovered from both wardens (N7,500 each as money was already shared).
Both wardens were subsequently found guilty and referred to the Force Provost Marshal FHQ Abuja for Orderly Room trial during which all witnesses were called, exhibits were presented and the guilty officers were all heard.
The Adjudicating officer found both men guilty as charged and recommended punishment by dismissal from the police service.
According to Abayomi Shogunle, an ACP in charge of PCRRU, the orderly room proceeding has been reviewed by the appropriate NPF authority and the punishment approved with immediate effect.
“Traffic warden uniforms, ID cards and all police accoutrements issued to the men have been retrieved and all other dismissal procedure completed,” Shogunle said.
The complainant has also been handed back his N15,000 with an apology from the PCRRU.
“I never thought this could happen in this country; the officers punished and my money returned to me. God bless the IG, I will go out and spread the news about PCRRU to everyone”, the victim said.