Three officers of the Lagos State Police Command caught engaging in gambling while on duty are currently facing disciplinary action that could lead to reduction in rank or dismissal, the Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, said on Tuesday.
The spokesman, Lagos State Police Command, SP Chike Oti, in a statement said the attention of the Command was drawn to a video on social media, where the three officers were captured counting coupons, which the eyewitness mistook for bribe collected from motorists.
According to Oti, the Commissioner of Police immediately ordered their arrest, detention and trial, while preliminary investigation revealed that the officers were not counting money, but gambling coupons, popularly known as Baba Ijebu.
Oti said in the statement: “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on a social media platform called Instablog9ja that Policemen stationed near Zenith Bank, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos, seen counting bribes received and smoking.
“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.”
Oti said Imohimi also encouraged members of the public to always expose, albeit accurately, indisciplined and unprofessional policemen.