- A building contractor, Emmanuel Alabede has leveled an allegation against some policemen attached to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Edo state police command
- Alabede accused the policemen of extorting N100,000 from him when he was driving car from Ibadan to Abuja
- Alabede further stated that the operatives who were in their uniform when stopped his car, changed to mufti when they were going to the POS operator’s stand
Emerging reports have it that some policemen deployed to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Edo state police command, have been indicted of extorting N100,000 from a building contractor, Emmanuel Alabede who was driving his car from Ibadan to Abuja
Punch reports that the operatives allegedly collected the money using Point Of Sale (POS) machine after threatening to kill him if he failed to give the bribe.
NAIJ.com gathered that Alabede who was driving his car from Ibadan to Abuja was stopped by the police on the Ibilo-Okene Expressway and the bags of the occupants of the car were searched.
Twenty eight year-old Alabede, who said that the operatives raised their voice and threatened to kill him, added that he eventually released his phone to them.
According to him, “They searched my phone but they found nothing incriminating; all they saw were pictures of uncompleted buildings. They asked me if the buildings belonged to me and I told them that they were not mine but they belonged to my clients.
“They said I was lying and accused me of being an Internet fraudster but I told them I was not and showed them my ID card and my company’s card, but they did not release me.
“While they were with my phone, a notification of alert of over N200,000 popped up on my phone from a client and they said they were going to collect the N200,000 from me.
“I told them that the money was not for me; that it was for a client that wanted me to work on his building, but they told me that if I didn’t give them the money they would kill me and nobody would hold them responsible.”
Alabede said when he refused to give the cops the bribe demanded, they told the driver of the car he was travelling in to go.
The Oyo state indigene added that he had to cooperate with the operatives to save his life.
He added: “I told them that I could not give them the whole money but I can give them part of it; so they told me that they would not collect anything less than N100,000 from me.
“They took me to a POS operator and I made a transfer of N100,000 to the operator who charged N2,500 for the transaction and gave the cops N97,500.”
Alabede further stated that the operatives who were in their uniform when stopped his car, changed to mufti when they were going to the POS operator’s stand.
He said he reported to the police helpline (0805700000) immediately he left the scene but was rebuked by the person that picked the call for not calling when he was with the cops.
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He added that the unnamed person directed him to the police Whatsapp channel (08057000003), where he was directed back to the helpline.
According to him, “I replied them that I had already called the helpline and it was from there that I was directed to the Whatsapp. Since then, I have not received any reply from the Whatsapp channel.
”When contacted, the Edo state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, pretended that he was not the person at the other end of the conversation.
“Are you sure you know who you are talking to? Check the number you are calling,” he said and immediately terminated the conversation.
A check through True Caller, a mobile app, revealed that Chidi Nwabuzor was the one that picked the call.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that as the #EndSARS protests continues all over Nigeria, 32 officers of the Special Anti-robbery Squad were arrested and are currently under investigations for various cases of misconduct.
The officials, according to a report by The Cable, are locked up in various cells in Abuja and have not been allowed to see their families or lawyers.
A source claimed that the order for the officers to be arrested and transferred to Abuja came from the inspector general of police, Idris Ibrahim.
The 32 officers, all male, are being detained for various kinds of misconducts including extortion and assault.
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