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28.12.2021 news For Possessing Crypto App, Lagos Police Extort N40,000 From Student After Detaining Him

Published 28th Dec, 2021

By Daniel Ojukwu

Policemen attached to the Festac Divisional Headquarters, Lagos, on Monday, extorted Samuel Okunuga, a student, for possessing a cryptocurrency application on his phone.

Three officers collected N40,000 from Okunuga after detaining him behind the station’s counter for two hours.

“I was coming from Ojo, so I boarded a motorcycle to beat the traffic gridlock en route Mile 2, but when I got to Alakija, the cops arrested me and demanded that they search my bag and phone,” Okunuga told FIJ.

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Upon gaining illegal access to his device, the police officers discovered a cryptocurrency trading app on his device and branded him a criminal.

With no charges or accusations made against him, the police dismissed Okunuga and made do with their loot.

READ ALSO: Policemen Extort N415,000 From Admission Seeker in Lagos

When FIJ contacted Balogun Gboyega, Divisional Police Officer of the Festac station, he told FIJ that he would investigate the matter to help identify the officers and retrieve the money.

Published 28th Dec, 2021

By Daniel Ojukwu

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