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How Lagos policemen abducted fashion designer, extorted N185, 000 via bank transfer

by Paul Agada

A Lagos resident, Joseph Ejiro has narrated his ordeal with some operatives of the Police, after he was allegedly abducted by some policemen from the Festac Town Police Post, Lagos Mainland, and made to pay a ransom before he was released.

It was gathered that the fashion designer was on his way to make a delivery to a client, before he encountered one of the policemen around the Second Rainbow junction on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

He recalled that the cop told him that his (cop) boss was waiting in a vehicle to see the fashion designer.

Joseph disclosed in a tweet that he was pushed into the vehicle and beaten by the cops when he refused to give them his phone.

He tweeted, “The last few days have been some of the most depressing of my life. I have debated whether or not to talk about this, what the point would be other than rehashing a terrible experience…but the kindness and outrage of friends in the last few days have affirmed for me that I am not crazy or overly dramatic for feeling this way. Violated. Expendable. Afraid.

“I was kidnapped, beaten, tortured and threatened with death by members of the @PoliceNG. What does freedom mean when policemen can force you into their van, torture you, and threaten to kill you if you don’t pay ransom?

He alleged that he was forced to transfer the sum of N185, 000 to a bank account: Ashamo Oluwasola Samuel, Unity Bank, 0040509699, while they extorted the 5,000 cash he had on him before he was released.

Ejiro, who demanded justice and a refund of his money, said he had reported the matter on the police public compliants WhatsApp line but had yet to get any response.

PUNCH Metro reported that the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, asked Ejiro to come to the command headquarters in Ikeja with the details of the incident and promised that the matter would be investigated.

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