Three police officers who allegedly extorted 153,000 from one Hezekiah Oluwaponmile in Ogun State at gunpoint have been arrested.
An eye witness who chose to be anonymous told The Vent Republic that they were attached to Owode-Egba Police Station, Siun, Ogun State.
The cops allegedly stopped the victim who was on his way from Ibadan to Abeokuta and demanded 1 million naira from him.
Oluwaponmile said: “I told them that I was a student of LASU. They told me to unlock my phone, but I refused; they threatened to kill me if I did not cooperate with them. They brought out a shocker, so I obliged.
“They asked me how many bank accounts I had and how much was in each of them. I told them I had two accounts with GTB and Union Bank. So, I opened my phone due to the threat from them and upon going through it, I was asked to pay the sum of N1m, but I told them I did not have up to that amount.
“Later on, they asked me to open my bank app, where they saw a balance of N288,000 and told me that they would collect N250,000 out of it without telling me what I did wrong.
“I begged them that I needed the money for some things, but they insisted on collecting N150,000.
“Then they asked me to give them my Automated Teller Machine card; I denied having one, so they took me to a Paga (Point of Sale) shop, which they have a connection with.
“The Paga man collected a fee of N3,000 after negotiating from N5,000. On a final note, I did a transfer of N153,000.”
The PRO of the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi said that he was aware of the incident and said: “We heard about the issue and those policemen have been arrested.
“We have identified them and they have been arrested. They are currently undergoing trial now.”