Yeiyah Samuel, a student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has recounted how police officers attached to Adeniji Police Station in Lekki, Lagos, assaulted him and extorted ₦405,000 from him.
On Tuesday, Samuel and three other people, one man and two ladies, were headed to a beach in Lekki at about 11 p.m. when armed police officers stopped their private car at CMS Bus Stop.
According to Samuel, he parked the car and they all presented themselves for a search on the orders of the officers.
“An officer had pointed his gun at us and cocked it even before they began to search us. As they searched the car, they began to ask us who we were and what we did,” Samuel told FIJ.
Samuel said he was a UNILAG student while his male friend identified as a student of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH). But it did not matter, as one of the officers ordered them into a police shuttle.
“When I entered the shuttle, I met two men and a woman. The driver drove the seven of us to the police station. At the station, they went through our phones but found no exhibit in them, yet they framed us for cultism,” Samuel said.
“They collected everything with us, locked me and the other men in the cell and freed our female friends. If anyone tried to talk, they’d slap them. In the cell, the folks we met stripped us and began to beat us. We slept there.”
At 7 am, a police officer approached Samuel and told him he and his male friend would not have accepted to sleep in the cell if they were not cultists. An officer then asked them what they would offer to regain freedom. They offered ₦100,000.
“They said the least they would accept from us was ₦1 million. One of them then said we should pay ₦300,000 after we pleaded. But another officer asked us to pay ₦400,000 instead,” he said.
“The two guys with a woman they arrested along with us were invited to pay ₦640,000. They told one of them to transfer ₦640,000 to my account because none of them had an ATM.”
When the transaction was successful, an officer accompanied Samuel to a POS shop close to the Adeniji Police Station, where they withdrew ₦405, 000 and the ₦640,000 earlier transferred into his account.
After the payment, the officers presented a bail form to him and asked him to write a statement as though he was in the police station that morning to bail four people.
“They finally gave us our phones when we had paid. By 11 a.m. on Wednesday, they saw us off to where our car was parked and bade us goodbye,” he said.
FIJ made several calls to Salihu Sanni, the Divisional Police Officer of Adeniji Police Station, but he did not answer them. At press time, he had also not responded to a text message sent to his phone.
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