Policemen attached to the Idimu Police Division, Lagos, on Saturday, extorted the sum of N100,000 from two men in front of their station.
The officers, identified as Abbey B. and Bassey, ambushed the men who were driving from Egbeda to Jonathan Housing Estate, and demanded the sum of N300,000 for a fictitious offence.
Ayomide, one of the men, told FIJ that they pleaded with the officers and demanded to know the offence for which their particulars were being held, but they insisted they had committed an offence for which they had to pay N300,000.
Abbey directed them across the street to one ‘Ojay POS Service’, a merchant frequently used by the police to withdraw monies from their victims’ accounts. This was after they had settled for N100,000.
After the transaction was complete, the police paid off the POS operator and dismissed both men.
However, when an FIJ reporter arrived at the station, a fidgety Bassey brought out a cash sum of N94,500 and returned it to Ayomide, saying he spent the rest on POS charges, and would refund later.
He said, “I know what we did is illegal, we broke the law, but I like how you came as a gentleman. We will refund the money now; no vex.”
FIJ earlier reported how officers of the same Idimu station harassed a man for having a transparent covering on his number plates.
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