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20.05.2022 Featured N400 Airtime ‘Purchased from Roadside Vendor’ Lands Woman in Police Detention

Published 20th May, 2022

By Emmanuel Uti

Bukola Omolaoye, a Twitter user, has detailed how the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Oke Otubu Police Station in Modakeke, Osun State, arrested her for buying a recharge card from a vendor.

In a Twitter thread on Thursday, Omolaoye stated that the police arrested her on May 17 and made her sleep in a cell for a crime she knew nothing about.

Narrating how she got in police web, she said she received a WhatsApp message two weeks after purchasing a N400 MTN airtime from a roadside vendor on February 6.

She stated that the sender identified himself as a student who wanted to ask her some questions about his research thesis, and she agreed to answer him.

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Omolaoye said she agreed to meet with the supposed student at an open place after he begged to see her, but unknown to her, he was a police officer.

“The policeman explained how a bulk card seller was robbed of airtime worth N1 million. After much interrogation, he asked to see my house, which I accepted because I knew I was only a final consumer who purchased cards like every other citizen,” she tweeted.

“I am not a card vendor, and I don’t buy cards in bulk to sell. So I brought them to my house. They searched everywhere, and when they couldn’t find anything incriminating, they left.

“The bottom line is that the police claimed that the voucher I bought with my own money on February 6 was a stolen card. Here I am, a final consumer. I am not a card retailer, nor do I sell cards in bulk. So I could never know it was stolen.

READ ALSO: Osun Police Demand N300,000 After Arresting Ede Poly Student Who Committed No Crime

“I was so surprised with the entire scenario because I didn’t know when it became forbidden to buy a card from a roadside vendor.

“The DPO said they should lock me up and everybody that came for me. He knew so well that I had nobody and was trying to use his power on me. Are they telling me now that we shouldn’t buy cards again? Please, I am at a crossroads. I need help. Nigerians, please help me.

“I was bailed on Wednesday, which wasn’t free. Today I am told to report back.”

When FIJ contacted Yemisi Opalola, the Osun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), she said she would not comment on the matter as she was not aware of it.

Meanwhile, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Nigeria Police Force PPRO, replied to Omolaoye on Twitter, saying the police who picked her up had done nothing wrong as an investigation on the issue had commenced.

Published 20th May, 2022

By Emmanuel Uti

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