Three former Scotland Yard police officers and a serving detective have been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations that members of the force’s anti-corruption unit were paid thousands of pounds in bribes.
The Metropolitan police said the 45-year-old male detective was arrested on suspicion of receiving payments for information at a residential address outside London.
Two of the former police officers, men aged 53 and 58, were arrested during raids at a business address in central London. The pair were arrested on suspicion of bribery of a police officer and remain in custody.
The third former police officer attended a south London police station by appointment and was also arrested on suspicion of bribery of a police officer. He also remains in custody.
A Scotland Yard source with knowledge of the arrests confirmed the central London premises raided this morning belonged to RISC Management, a firm of private investigators that was working for a notorious Nigerian fraudster, James Ibori.
The arrested 53-year-old was understood, the source said, to be Keith Hunter, the chief executive of RISC Management and a former Met detective.