Police Officers Extort N100,000 From Man For ‘Looking Too Fresh
A young man who identified himself as Oluwaseun has lamented the extortion of N100,000 from him by policemen from Oluyole Divisional Headquarters, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Oluwaseun told the newsmen that the incident occurred last week in front of the station at Ring Road area while he and his brother were coming from a friend’s place.
Accusing the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of being involved, the graduate of Building Technology said they were treated like criminals and forced to pay N100,000.
“They checked my car papers and found everything complete. A rogue officer who later identified himself as Benjamin asked what I do for a living and I told him I work with an estate firm.
“So he asked me to unlock my phone but I initially refused. So, they threatened to kill me and my younger brother if I refused to cooperate with them. They brought out a ‘shocker’ (taser), so I obliged. They then checked my phone and found nothing incriminating, but insisted I was a fraudster and was too fresh to be a builder.
“I was asked to pay the sum of N1,000,000 but I told them I didn’t have up to that amount. Later on, they asked me to pay N500,000 even without telling me what I did wrong.
“I begged them but they insisted on collecting N100,000. Meanwhile, my brother just collected over N100,000 he wanted to go and pay in the bank as his school fees; I think that was what that officer Ben saw that made him suspect us. They told us to go and bring the cash and they removed N100,000 from it.
“After taking the N100,000 by force, they released us and asked us to go. As I was going out, that officer called Ben came to meet me and gave me his phone number, here is the number; 08125758821, he told me to call him anytime I need police assistance. “He collected my number as well and threatened to kill me in case I inform anybody about what happened.”