Two police officers, police Sergeant Alih Tenimu and Police Corporal Salawooden Abubakar (not any of the three officers pictured) have been sentenced to three and two years imprisonment respectively without option of fine for demanding and collecting N800,000 bribe from a suspect which violates the provisions of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Until their conviction, the two police officers were attached to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force, Kwara State Command.
The duo alongside with one Amodu Adamson, now deceased, were said to have asked Mr. Bello Manisara to pay them the amount in order to close the case of criminal breach of trust, and threat to life, being investigated by them.
Following their persistent demand, Bello Manisara forwarded a petition to ICPC and a sting operation was carried out. The first accused person was arrested in his office while counting the bribe money he had received from the petitioner.
Consequently, the ICPC preferred a four-count charge against the accused persons on the 1st of June, 2013. The accused persons were said to have contravened Section 26(1) (c) and Section 10(a)(ii) of the ICPC Act, 2000.
In the course of the trial the accused pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge preferred against them.
ICPC prosecution team, led by Barr. O. J. Ochigbo called four witnesses and submitted evidence to support his argument while the two accused persons called six witnesses, but with no evidence to back their claims.