From Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti

A female police officer, Cordelia Nwawe, who was accused of N22 million extortion has been exonerated after the police conducted an investigation into the matter.

Nwawe alongside two other officers were accused by Morakinyo Peter and Yusuf Dayo on July 14, 2021 of extorting bitcoin worth N22 million from them while driving on Ikoyi/Ajah Expressway in Lagos.

The counsel of the complainants, Adebola Odunyemi, in a statement provided to newsmen, however, said, “the outcome of the investigations conducted revealed that Nwawe had no direct involvement in the whole scenario and had since been exonerated.”

The human rights lawyer’s statement was in response to a report by an online platform that she was promoted despite being accused of extortion.

Odunyemi, who is the principal partner at the Tropicana Legal Consult said the petitions written on the alleged extortion had been withdrawn long ago and matter resolved amicably.

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The statement read, “We have the utmost responsibility to set the record straight as a minister in the temple of justice. The above subject matter was indeed reported to the force headquarters by our firm and has since been resolved.

“During the investigation, it was discovered that Madam Cordelia Nwawe had no direct participation in the whole scenario leading to the arrest of our clients, and a letter of withdrawal was issued from our firm to the force headquarters.

“We urge the general public to disregard whatever publication indicting the officers as we were not contacted by anybody to get the true picture of what transpired before such malicious report was posted.

“As counsel representing the parties involved in the matter, we should first be contacted to get the true position before such publication can be given the desired credit it deserves.

“Whoever has any personal vendettas with the concerned officers should devise another means of getting back at them rather than leveraging on already concluded matter.”