Three police officers arrested for allegedly extorting LASU student

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The Ogun State Police Command has arrested three policemen for allegedly extorting the student of Lagos State University (LASU), Hezekiah Oluwaponmile, the sum of N153,000 at gunpoint.

It was gathered that the police officers were attached to the Owode-Egba Police Station, Siun in Ogun State.

The incident was said to have occurred on Saturday, April 24, 2021 when the policemen allegedly accosted the victim while he was on his way to Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital from Ibadan, Oyo State.

The LASU student alleged that the cops, who were on stop-and-search duty on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, stopped his vehicle and ordered him to alight.

Oluwaponmile stated that the policemen forced him out of the vehicle and asked him what he was doing for a living.

He said, “I told them that I was a student of LASU. 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.

“They asked me how many bank accounts I had and how much was in each of them. I told them I had two accounts with GTB and Union Bank. So, I opened my phone due to the threat from them and upon going through it, I was asked to pay the sum of N1m, 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 that they would collect N250,000 out of it without telling me what I did wrong.

“I begged them that I needed the money for some things, but they insisted on collecting N150,000.

“Then they asked me to give them my Automated Teller Machine card; I denied having one, so they took me to a Paga (Point of Sale) shop, which they have a connection with.

“The Paga man collected a fee of N3,000 after negotiating from N5,000. On a final note, I did a transfer of N153,000.”

The incident was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, saying, “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.”