- Five serving policemen have been arrested for allegedly trying to rob one Immanuel James
- The arrest of the suspects was confirmed by the spokesperson of the police in Lagos, Chike Oti
- A police inspector earlier mentioned in the matter was found innocent
The Lagos command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has confirmed the arrest of five of its serving policemen over the alleged robbery attempt on one Immanuel James at the Ago-Palace way area of Okota, a suburb of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspects, two inspectors and three sergeants, were identified to be operatives attached to the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Ipakodo.
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SP Chike Oti, the spokesperson of the command, who confirmed their arrest to journalists on Tuesday, April 10, said that the men were not operatives from the federal SARS, Ikeja unit as reported.
Oti, however, said that one Inspector Jude Akhoyemta, who was earlier mentioned in the matter among suspects, was found to be innocent.
“In line with the directive of the commissioner of police Lagos state, the command hereby informs the general public that further enquiry into the allegation of harassment of one Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu by SARS operatives at Ago-Palace way, Okota revealed the true identity of officers involved in the highly regrettable incident.
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“Those involved are currently undergoing interrogation at the command’s X-Squad section and would be marched before an adjudicating officer at the police provost department for the commencement of their orderly room trial,” Oti said.
NAIJ.com had repored that a Nigerian writer and businessman, James Ibe-Anyanwu, took to Facebook to call for help, while hiding from SARS operatives, in the toilet of a Zenith Bank branch at Ago Palace-Way, Okota, Lagos state, on Monday, April 9.
In the post, Ibe-Anyanwu narrated how he was humiliated and accused of being a fraudster, by the SARS officials. He further claimed that the security operatives seized his phone, as he called the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command.
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