Police officers in Ogun State have allegedly extorted a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), Hezekiah Oluwaponmile, a sum of N153,000, at gunpoint.
Our correspondent learnt that the operatives attached to the Owode-Egba Police Station at the Siun area had ambushed Oluwaponmile while on his way to Abeokuta from Ibadan and demanded N1,000,000 from him.
The victim alleged that the officers who were on a stop and search duty along Siun road linking Lagos – Ibadan expressway stopped his vehicle and ordered him to alight from the vehicle.
He said the operatives demanded to know his occupation, to which he responded, “I am a LASU Student”.
Oluwaponmile also said that the officers asked him how many bank accounts he had and how much was in each of them.
The victim said he was made to transfer N150,000 with N3,000 charges to a Point Of Sale (POS) operator, popularly known as ‘Paga’, who in turn, withdrew the cash for the operatives.
“Then they asked me to give them my Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, I denied having one, so they took me to a Paga shop which they have connection with.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
He said: “We have identified them and they have been arrested. They are currently undergoing trial now.”