Five policemen are presently kept in detention following allegation that they extorted N150,000 from a man.
The officers(file image) who are all attached to the Anti-Robbery Squad of the Area M Police Command are detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba after their victim, simply identified as Ifeanyi accused them of extortion and petitioned police authority.
Ifeanyi had encountered five cops who were on patrol, among whom were Sergeant Ogbole and Corporal Collins(both surnames withheld) on January 7, 2015. He was stopped and searched, and arrested on the premise that he was engaging in internet fraud.
He was said to have been led to the nearest ATM to make N150,000 withdrawal so as to be free of the accusation.
However, after he got himself off the hook, Ifeanyi was said to have petitioned the police, asking for the probe of the five men and claiming that he was innocent of the accusation.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu confirmed the arrest of the cops when he was contacted.
He said, “We got information and the policemen were picked up by officers from the state CID, to ascertain the veracity of the allegation.
“The investigation will be thorough. And if anybody is found on the wrong side of our code of ethics, the person will be dealt with.”