An Assistant Superintendent of Police, a female inspector and a corporal are currently being detained by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly collecting the insurance claims of dead and non-existent policemen.The arrested officers, who are attached to the insurance section of the command, had allegedly swindled the Force by collecting the claims of policemen which reportedly ran into millions of naira.
The suspects, whose names had yet to be ascertained, were arrested by the X-Squad Section of the command on Monday, November 10, after a petition reached the police authorities that families of some dead policemen had yet to get the claims. The three policemen were thereafter allegedly found to have diverted the money and were subsequently arrested.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, confirmed the arrest. Offor, who declined to name the suspects, added that investigation was ongoing into the matter.
“Some police officers were arrested on an allegation of fraud. The fraud borders on tampering with records of deceased members of the Force. We have some families of deceased policemen whose families said they died as far back as 2013, and the families had not got their entitlements. There could still be others involved. But investigation is ongoing into the matter,” Offor tells Punch.