Two Police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force, Kwara State command, Ilorin, have been convicted and jailed for bribery.
The two accused persons: Alih Tenimu, a sergeant, and Salawooden Abubakar, a corporal, were sentenced to three and two years imprisonment respectively for demanding and collecting N800,000 as bribe from a suspect involved in a criminal matter.
The two Police Officers alongside one Amodu Adamson, now deceased, were said to have asked one Bello Manisara to pay them the sum of N800,000 in order to close the case of criminal breach of trust and threat to life being investigated by them.
Following their persistent demand, Manisara was forced to forward a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, which immediately embarked on a sting operation.
The first accused person was arrested in his office while counting the bribe money he had received from the petitioner and consequently his accomplice was also apprehended and both were charged to court on a four-count charge on June 1, 2013.
The accused persons were said to have contravened Section 26(1)(c) and Section 10(a)(ii) of the ICPC Act, 2000.
In delivering judgment on the matter, Justice A Mohammed of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin convicted the two accused persons on all the four-count charge.