A police officer was filmed Saturday collecting N50,000 from two men at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.
The officer simply identified as Uche waited in the passenger seat of the men’s vehicle while one of them handed out the money that he was forced to withdraw.
One of the men told FIJ that Uche, in the company of six other officers, stopped their vehicle at about 10:30 am on the Ogbomosho-Ilorin highway and requested the details of the vehicle, which they presented.
He then demanded their phones and they handed them to him. “Then they started asking us questions like ‘What do you do?’ And I told them I am a cinematographer while my friend is a student,” said the victim, who asked not to be named.
“They didn’t listen to us because we were using iPhones, so they started accusing us of being ‘Yahoo boys’ (fraudsters). I tried explaining to them but they didn’t listen.
“They insisted we pay them N200,000, then negotiated for N100,000, and after much pleading and delay, we paid them N50,000.”
He said they were taken to a POS at about 1:13 pm where they were made to withdraw the money to pay Uche and his gang.
The officers had ‘Kwara State Government (KWSG)’ inscribed on the back of their uniforms, and ‘Tactical Unit’ on their patrol vehicles, according to Adegoke.
When contacted, Okasannmi Ajayi, the Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, said he would investigate the matter.
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