Three policemen attached to Ipakodo Division in Ikorodu have been arrested for extorting shoppers at Computer Village, Ikeja. It was learnt that the suspects harass innocent shoppers with guns daily at the Computer Village in Ikeja.
But luck ran out on them on Monday, July 17 2017, after they illegally arrested two shoppers Kwam Adesina and Innocent Igwe. The policemen were said to have bundled the boys into a Toyota car and allegedly extorted them of N25, 000 and N40, 000 cash each and also forced them to an ATM portal where another N40,000 was withdrawn forcefully from Igwe’s account.
According to the victims, the policemen accused them of been criminals before beating and leading them away in handcuffs. Recounting the incident, Adesina stated:
“I copied their vehicle’s registration number and told my uncle what happened. My uncle then called the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Commander but when they checked the registration number, it was discovered that it was for a Mercedes Benz C Class, which means they just placed it on the car they used.
“So, after the complaint, RRS operatives went there the next day but we didn’t see them. They went the following day and parked around the underbridge in Ikeja. We saw them and pointed them out to the RRS men. Fortunately, the RRS men picked them up right at the moment they had arrested another young boy and collected N30,000 from him. He was going to buy drugs for a sick relative but they collected the money.
“They were taken to RRS office and from there, before the Commissioner of Police (Fatai Owoseni), who transferred the matter to Ogudu Division.
According to a police source at Ipakodo police division, the commissioner has ordered an investigation of the matter, adding that the policemen might face dismissal after orderly room trial.