Four Policemen, three LASTMA officials arrested for extortion


Four policemen namely; Inspector Charles Omokar, Inspector Idara Akai, Sergeant Chidi Mordi and Sergeant Joseph Bernard as well as three officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) namely; Mr. Sam Adekunle, Mr. Omolaja Ige and Mrs. Modinat Folashade were yesterday arrested by the Lagos State Police command for extorting innocent Nigerians of their hard earned money.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, CSP Chike Oti who made this known in a statement he issued in Lagos yesterday said that the arrest was made possible following a publication on page 19 of The Nation Newspaper, of Tuesday 30th October, 2018, with the caption, “Police as cesspit of corruption”.

Oti observed that the reporter drew attention to the underhand dealings of some policemen he ran into on his way to Festac town Lagos alleging that the men took him to First Gate of Festac Town which they had turned to an extortion point.

“Sequel to the information gained from the publication, the CP directed the Area Commander in-charge of Area E, Festac, ACP Yusuf Ajape and the officer in charge of the Command X-Squad Section, SP Aliu Abubakar, to carry out a covert operation around the aforementioned location leading to the arrest of the policemen and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) officials.

“They were caught trying to extort one Mr. Waheed Lamidi, whom they gave a Diamond bank account number 0020558133, titled Femi Adebanji to transfer the sum of seventy-five thousand Naira only (N75,000.00) when he complained that he had no cash.

“The CP Lagos has directed that the suspects be brought to the Command Headquarters, X-Squad section, for thorough investigation and appropriate disciplinary action if found guilty”.

The PRO quoted the CP as saying that the command will always welcome opinion, comments and  criticism geared towards helping the Force rid bad eggs in its midst and improve service delivery and not comments designed to debase or ridicule the Force.

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