Criticisms have continued to trail a recent damaging online media report against former Akwa Ibom and Sokoto States Spokeswoman, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, now attached to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Alagbon Close, Lagos.
Mark Chidozie, an Activist and member of the Group, who vouched on the integrity of DSP Nwawe, was of the views that the said online report was sponsored by suspected fraudsters ,with the sole aim of ‘cowing ‘ the police and frustrating on going investigation against some alleged cyber criminals nabbed by operatives at the FCID.
Some Police officers , colleagues of DSP Nwawe and other Concerned members of the public, were also said to have disregarded the publication and dispelled the rumour over allegation that the woman police officer extorted money from suspected fraudsters at gun point.
It would be recalled that there was a report that went viral , by an online news platform, allegeding that ” a woman police, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, serving at Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID),Alagbon,Lagos, extorted money from criminal suspects at gun point and collected from them, Crypto currency.”
However, discrete investigation in FCIID, Alagbon has revealed that the allegation was maliciously fabricated to tarnish the image of the vintage officer, whose track record in police public relations has remained sterling.
It was learnt that : “The suspects in question are being investigated for Cyber crime administrative identify fraud. They were arrested following a petition to FCIID and they made confessional Statement on how they were using other people’s photographs to swindle people of their hard earned money. Case files were opened for them. After their confessions, they were granted bail and released to reasonable sureties.
Trouble was said to have started when the suspects allegedly refused to show up on appointment days and when the police called them to honour the invitation, the suspects ran to the media to thwart Investigation.
“They nearly succeeded as members of the public seem to believe the suspects who have swindled victims of several millions of money. Many of their victims have even committed suicide, so many are indepted to banks and other financial institutions”.
Another Senior Police officer who spoke on the grounds of anonymity, dismissed the media report on DSP Cordelia Nwawe with a wave of hands and said :
“I am surprised that some Journalists no longer carry out Investigation and have refused to hear the other sides of the story. Why should a Journalist be used by suspected criminals to tarnish the image of DSP Nwawe, an image maker per excellence. She is in charge of a Department and it is not possible for her to carry arms and be threatening criminals to bring money. I have personally investigated her and anticedent and discovered that she has never carried arms even for herself, excerpt during police training, not to talk of threatening suspects when she has team leader and Investigating police officer. But I want to reassure you that DSP Cordelia Nwawe has never signed a police gun for her use since she became a cop since 2012 till date.She does not have any crypto currency wallet to her name, so how did she collect the N22 million through crypto currency?She is not an officer who is stationed to effect arrest on the road.The matter that was investigated, not a personal matter. The matter was directed to Nwawe and her team via a petition approved by the The then AIG Dasuki Galadanchi. The woman police endorsed the voluntary statements of the suspects who confessed to the crime on police documents as statements under caution . The good thing is that there are also videos of the suspects confessional statements”.
Chidozie also said that he was miffed and shocked when he read the damaging story on a super Cop.
” I have known Nwawe since she was the Police Public Relations (PPRO), Akwa Ibom State , Sokoto Police Commands and FCIID Alagbon. I have known her to be a clean officer who used to deliver lecture to her subordinates against human rights violation. How do you expect a PPRO to carry arms and be threatening suspects. It doesn’t sound nice in the ear. To show that the reporter is sponsored and mischievous, how did they get the Force number when she does not wear police force numbers on her shirts as police rank and file, so this is purely the mischief of persons who want to redicle her achievements in the force.Again, Crypto currency is not a legal tender in Nigeria so I do not know how the woman that does not have a crypto currency wallet could have held any one at gun point to forcefully collect 22 million worth of Bitcoin. She has Investigated fruad by alleged criminals and handed over some of them to the EFCC for further investigation. The Suspects were granted bail and were instructed to have a reporting scheduled appointment at the FCIID Alagbon . I learnt that the videos of suspects are available .I believe convincingly that the suspects were set out to frustrate investigation by using the media to destroy investigation and cowing the police”, he concluded