Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of officers who allegedly extorted a student of Lagos State University, LASU, Sheriff Adedigba, of N153, 000.
The command through its Public Relations Officer , DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, when contacted confirmed the alleged sharp practices of the officers.
Oyeyemi said: “We heard about the issue and those policemen have been arrested.
“We have identified them and they have been arrested. They are currently undergoing trial now.”
Adedigba, had alleged that some operatives of the Command attached to Owode-Egba allegedly extorted him of a sum of N153,000 at gunpoint.
The student while narrating his ordeal to journalists in Abeokuta, said that, the said policemen stopped his vehicle during a stop and search operation along the Siun -Abeokuta highway, on Saturday, and demanded a sum of N1 million from him.
He explained that he was returning from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on a journey to Abeokuta on a fateful day, when he was asked to alight from his vehicle.
The victim said the policemen asked him to identify him and that he told them that he is a student of LASU.
He said the policemen demanded that he should unlock his phone and equally asked for the number of bank accounts he has.
He said: “They told me to unlock my phone, but I refused they threatened to kill me if I did not cooperate with them. They brought out a shocker, so I obliged.
“I told them I had two accounts, GT bank and Union. So I opened my phone due to the threat from them and upon going through it, I was asked to pay the sum of N1 million, but I told them I did not have up to that amount.
“Later on, they asked me to open my bank app, where they saw a balance of N288,000 and told me they would collect N250,000 out of it even without telling me what I did wrong.
“I begged them that I needed the money for some things, they insisted on collecting N150,000.
“Then they asked me to give them my Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, I denied having one, so they took me to a Point Of Sale (POS) shop which they have a connection with.
“The POS man collected a fee of N3,000 after negotiating from N5,000. On a final note, I did a transfer of N153,000.”