Officers of the Ikorodu Shagamu Police Station suspected to be from the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Friday arrested and detained six people, compelled them to confess to cultism and released them after extorting them.
One of the detainees was going to church when he was arrested at about 4:30pm at the Ikorodu Roundabout by policemen operating with a minibus, a friend to one of the detainees, who asked to not be named, told FIJ.
“One of them is my friend. After he was arrested, the police officers forced him to write a statement confessing to be cultists. Despite not finding anything on them, the police officers extorted N20,000 from my friend while one another person paid N50,000,” the source said.
FIJ had reported the unprofessional conducts of officers at the Ikorodu Shagamu Police Division.
Two weeks ago, disguised SARS officers from the police division arrested and extorted N150,000 from three students of the Ikorodu Campus of the Lagos State Polytechnic.
It was also reported that despite bail being free, detainees at the Police Division are made to pay a non-negotiable fee of N50,000 for getting bail.
Inspite of multiple reports of unethical actions by the police officers at the Ikorodu Division, Muyiwa Adejobi, the public relations officer of the Lagos Police, remains skeptical.
“Let them bring out evidence of payment to buttress the extortion, then the police would know what to do. We can’t just dismantle a place base on ‘reports,’” Adejobi said.
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