Thursday, December 27, 2018
Four police officers arrested for ‘robbery’ in Lagos
Four policemen attached to Ijanikin division in the Lagos state police command have been arrested for allegedly robbing one Theodore Ifunnaya of 350,000 CFA (about N221,508).
Chike Oti, police spokesman in Lagos, said the victim was a Nigerian based in Togo.
Oti said the policemen faced dismissal if found guilty, but added that the victim was not stripped naked during interrogation as being alleged in some quarters.
He said the affected policemen had been transferred to the provost section of the command for investigation.
The officers allegedly accosted the victim coming from Togo to celebrate Christmas in Nigeria at Iyana-Ira, Badagry area on December 17.
The suspects subjected the victim to tortuous search and interrogation, where they discovered the money with him.
They were alleged to have bundled him into their patrol vehicle to Ijanikin police station where they seized his money and invited a bureau de change operator to exchange the CFA currency into naira equivalent.
Having satisfied they had subdued their victim with a threat, they allegedly released him and gave him N2000 out of his money, to enable him to locate his Lagos residence.
After regaining freedom from his alleged police captors, the victim told his family all he went through, which led to a complaint to Hope Okafor, Area ‘K’ commander.
The commander, an assistant police commissioner, was said to have intervened by recovering the stolen money and arrested the erring policemen for interrogation.