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Police officers dismissed for extorting residents of N200,000



The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed three policemen attached to the Area N Command, Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos State,for the unlawful arrest and extortion.

The dismissed cops are identified as Inspector Okelue Nkemeonye with Administrative Police Number, 136005; Sergeant Braimoh Sunday, with Force Number, 355897, and Yusuf Olukoga with F.No., 359928.

It was learnt that the ex-policemen, led by one Bayo Obadia, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, with AP No., 98199, had reportedly paraded themselves as operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on June 21, 2017.

It was said that the men stationed a van in front of a bank in Ikorodu, where one of their victims, a graduate, had gone to deposit some money.

On coming out of the bank, they collected his phone and  forced him to enter their van.

The graduate, in a petition written to the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit via its Whatsapp number, 08057000003, stated that the policemen accused him of being a Yahoo boy (Internet fraudster), and asked him to pay N1m.

The victim, whose identity was not disclosed, wrote, “I went to the bank this morning (June 21) to deposit money to a company’s account, but there was no network; so I deposited the money into my personal account to do the transfer to the account later. When I came out of the bank, I saw a van with some SARS policemen inside.

“I was told to enter the vehicle at gunpoint. They collected my mobile phone and asked me what I did for a living. I told them that I had just finished my youth service and I was living with my brother. I pointed my brother’s shop to them to stop by and see him because he was the one that sent me to the bank.

“They refused to wait and they did not allow me to pick my calls or make any call. I received an alert on my phone confirming the money I went to deposit. They searched my phone and on seeing the alert, they said I was a Yahoo boy, telling me that I would pay them N1m. One of them slapped me.”

The victim said one of the cops beat him up and the team eventually collected N50,000 from him.

He explained that some other persons were picked and falsely tagged Yahoo boys, adding that the team extorted money from them.

“They drove round places in Ikorodu, Ijede, Gberigbe, Ibeshe, Ipakodo, Ita-Elewa, Agric and First Gate, harassing people and extorting money from them. They collected N50,000 from me, but I noticed that each junction that we reached, people were hailing their leader by his nickname,OJ(Ojewunmi). One Austin slapped me. They picked me up around 9am and released me at about 6pm. They even used my account to collect money from the guys that I met in the car and used my ATM card to withdraw the money,” he said.

The PCCRU Commandant, ACP Abayomi Shogunle, said upon the receipt of the victim’s complaint, a team was sent to the Area Command for investigation, adding that they were found culpable.

Shogunle, in a statement on Monday, said, “PCRRU preliminary investigation revealed that all the allegations contained in the Whatsapp message actually happened.

“Also, the four police officers, who were armed on the day of the incident, falsely paraded themselves as operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad despite not being posted to SARS by the police authorities.

“Investigation also showed that the officers extorted a total sum of N200,000 from the young men who they tagged, ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys.’ The money was forced from them via N90,000 ATM withdrawal and N110,000 mobile bank money transfer to a third party account provided by the policemen. All the extorted N200,000 was recovered.”

He said the erring policemen and exhibits recovered from them, including a bank statement, were handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos,  Ibrahim Adamu, for further investigation and and necessary disciplinary measures.

He said the outcome of the AIG’s investigation led to the dismissal of the policemen.

The PCRRU commander stated that the move was in line with the efforts of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to flush out unethical officers in the force.

“Approval has been given for the dismissal of three policemen attached to the Area ‘N’ Command, Ijede, Ikorodu, under the Lagos State Command, for giving the Nigeria Police Force a bad image.

“In the case of ASP Bayo Obadiah, who led the team of the infamous men on this unacceptable conduct, an official query was issued to him by the AIG Zone 2, Lagos.

“Both his reply and query have been forwarded to the office of the Force Secretary, Force Headquarters, Abuja, from where it would go to the Police Service Commission as required by police regulations,” Shogunle added.

Meanwhile, two sergeants and a constable attached to the Isheri Osun Police Station, Lagos, have been detained after two suspected robbers escaped from the cell.

It was said that the suspects removed the roof of the cell and escaped when the policemen were on duty.

The suspects were said to have been re-arrested by a team led by the Divisional Police Officer.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said, “The policemen are in custody and will face disciplinary actions.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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End SARS: Masari Charges Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of Police Brutality



#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality
#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality

Aminu Masari

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged the 11 men committee Judicial Panel to give recommendations going forward to end police brutality in the state.

He gave the charge during the inauguration at Government House Katsina on Saturday.

He also tasked them to come forward with general recommendations that will promote an endearing relationship between the Nigerian Police Force and the general public.

Read Also: #EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

The panel of inquiry will be headed by Justice Abbas Abdullahi Bawale of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.

Other members of the Commission include Retired AIG Danlami Yar’adua, Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim Zango, Alhaji Bello Musa Dankano, Professor Usman Dhun-nurain, Hajiya Rabi Mohammed, and Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina.


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#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack



#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack
#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

TVC news Logo

Television Continental popularly known as TVC News is back on air after it was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Wednesday morning.

Recall that the host of popular ladies show ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, had confirmed during the show on Wednesday that hoodlums had entered the premises of TVC.

The hoodlums had attacked the TV station a few hours after #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers on Tuesday night.

Also Read: End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

There were speculations that the TV station was attacked because of its link to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Workers of the TV station were rescued by Men of the Police Rapid Response Squad who were in the compound to offer protection.


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End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew



#EndSARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew
#EndSARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has lifted the 24-hour curfew on two major cities in the state following the outbreak of violence when the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums.

Recall that on Tuesday night,  Aba and Umuahia went under curfew in a statement by the Governor.

However, following the return of calm to the affected areas, Ikpeazu directed that the curfew in the State be relaxed to now take effect from 6 pm to 6 am from Sunday, 25th October 2020.

Also Read: Edo govt extends ultimatum for escaped inmates by one week

This was made known by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

The Governor also directed all markets in the State to be reopened during the day, while Market committees should mobilize adequate security teams to watch over the markets at night and during the day.

Governor Ikpeazu further directed all commercial tricycle operators to henceforth vacate the roads during the curfew time of 6 pm-6 am daily.

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