February 24, 2024

A police officer who was seen on camera boasting about extortion has been fired.

Richard Gele, the police inspector seen in a viral video boasting shamelessly about extorting members of the public and defending official corruption, has been fired by the Nigeria Police Force.

The video, which appeared online at the beginning of the week, depicted Gele asking motorists for bribes while traveling on a highway.


The officer openly asserted to the camera that his superiors, including the Inspector General of Police, were aware of his unlawful behavior at his place of employment, implying a widespread conspiracy. In the meantime, Gele’s termination was announced in a statement released on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi.

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According to the statement, the officer was fired after going through the police’s internal disciplinary process and being found responsible for the allegations made against him.


The statement says, in part, “His dismissal happened following submission to an internal disciplinary system and being found innocent of the charges brought against him in accordance with the statutes currently in effect governing the behavior of police employees.


“He so no longer serves as a member of the Nigeria Police Force, effective immediately. The officer has been unkitted and delivered to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police for further action.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, while expressing the staunch commitment of his administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation, warned all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts. The IGP urged them to display exemplary courage and patriotism in the discharge of their duties.”

According to information obtained by Gistloaded, Gele, who had the service number AP/No. 188547, had been assigned to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron in Okene, Kogi State, and had been sent to the Itobe-Anyigba Road to ensure the safety of drivers up until his dismissal.

A police officer who was seen on camera boasting about extortion has been fired.


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