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24.07.2021 Justice After FIJ’s Story, Lagos CP’s Men Release Detainee Without N500,000 Bribe

Published 24th Jul, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

AbdulFatai Adigun, the officer spearheading the Strike Force of Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, in Ikeja on Friday ordered the release of Tochukwu Ugah, a resident of Ikorodu who was illegally detained for six days for allegedly using the phone of his housemate’s guest, Kolawole Kolade, to borrow N4,000 recharge card from MTN on July 10.

On Friday, FIJ had reported how the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) of the case, Inspector Balogun, and Officer Wole, the Assistant IPO, demanded N500,000 bribe from Ugah’s family in exchange for his freedom.

After FIJ’s intervention, Adigun invited the concerned parties into his office for resolution. FIJ gathered that the resolution happened shortly after the O/C Strike Force ended a meeting with the Police Commissioner.

READ ALSO: Policemen in Lagos CP’s Office Demand N500,000 to Release Illegal Detainee after 5 Days

At about 7:35pm on Friday, Ugah was brought out of Cell 2 at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja. He ended his documentation for bail at exactly 8pm.

“The O/C Strike Force warned me to be mindful of the kind of friends I keep,” Ugah told FIJ after his release.

“After ordering my release, he vowed that the case was not yet over as the Police would ensure they get to the root of the matter and apprehend the complainant’s impersonator.”

READ ALSO: Policeman in Lagos CP’s Office Demands N150,000 to Free Innocent Detainee

Ifeanyi Azode, nicknamed ‘Bobby’, Ugah’s housemate, said to be the main suspect of impersonation case reported by Kolade, has been on the run since Saturday. 

Meanwhile, this is the second time Adigun would be forced to belatedly release innocent detainees following FIJ’s reports about the extortionate officers under his supervision.

Published 24th Jul, 2021

By Gabriel Ogunjobi

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