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Rivers police face scrutiny over alleged N100m extortion


The Rivers State Police Command is facing scrutiny following allegations of the extortion of over N100 million from a suspect arrested for cybercrime.

The suspect, Mr. Atubi Davison, was apprehended in Port Harcourt, and a substantial amount of money, mostly in dollars, was recovered from his residence.

It was initially believed that Davidson was involved in cybercrime, but sources claim he may have had ties to pipeline surveillance contracts.

The situation has caused tension and disagreement within the police hierarchy in the state.

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Rights Advocate Israel Joe has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, seeking a thorough investigation into the alleged extortion.

Joe’s petition alleges that N80 million in cash and a gold necklace worth N4 million were extorted from Davison by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Olayinka, 2ic State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt, and two other officers named Emmanuel and Uche.

Joe said, “When they saw that calls were coming from different angles, they called the father that they were going to release the two cars for him and any amount they release to him (Davison) he should manage it, that they are going to send 30 million naira to the IGP, N16 Million to the CP.”

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In response to the allegations, the police have stated that Davidson was initially arrested on suspicion of cybercrime and ritualistic activities.

They maintain that a substantial amount of money was discovered in his residence, but his inability to explain the source of the funds led to his transfer to the SCID for further investigation.

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The police spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, said, “The initial grounds for Mr. John’s arrest were rooted in allegations of involvement in cybercrime and ritualistic activities.”

She further explained, “It came to light that the suspect had a urinary catheter in his stomach, necessitating a medical assessment.”

The police have emphasized the need for a thorough understanding of why such a large amount of cash was concealed in his house and why he couldn’t provide a clear account of the funds.