BREAKING: Two policemen to return N30,000 after kidnapping, extorting Abuja-bound passenger

By Editor on 10/06/2019

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The day of reckoning may have come for two police men who pulled out an Abuja-bound passenger from a bus and collected N30,000 from him after escorting him to the bank, at gunpoint, following the intervention of their superiors.

The offence of the said young man, whose name was not mentioned, was that the said policemen, whose names were equally not given, saw him with a laptop and a phone and immediately took him to be an internet fraudster, popularly called Yahoo-Yahoo.

However, luck seems to have run out on them, as what they did in the secret, has now blown open after the victim did not keep quiet about his ordeal, but took the matter to Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), which immediately took up the matter.

Ahead of launching a formal complaint on the matter, NOPRIN Coordinator, Okechukwu Nwanguma, had first posted the story of the young man’s ordeal on his Facebook, page, which immediately caught the attention of police authorities, who promptly launched their own investigation, leading to the identification and interrogation of the culprits.

Now, they are not only going to refund the said sum, which they forced the victim to cough out, after taking him to a corner near the police station and struck a deal to take him to the bank to withdraw the amount to settle on the pains of “settling with N500,000, if taken to the station.”

Nwanguma, whose agency have been taking the police to task since it was formed some years ago, intervening in sometimes, very dangerous and testy situations, took to the same platform to inform of the new development, on Monday.

He said he has since been contacted by the Officer in Charge (OC) Urban Patrol of the Enugu State Police Command, Emmanuel Oko, the outfit under which the said policemen acted, who confirmed that the culprits had been identified and after initial denial, eventually own up, adding that they would not only refund the money with apologies to the victim, but would be punished “departmentally.”

Read his post: “So, 3 police officers attached to Urban Patrol, Enugu Police Command last Friday stopped a Sienna Car conveying passengers from Awka to Abuja somewhere at Opi junction Nsukka.

“In the course of conducting extortion-induced search, they saw a lap top and two phones with a young man in the car and decided, against protests by the passengers, to take them to their station to check the young man's laptop and phones to ascertain that he's not a 'Yahoo boy'.

“On their way, they asked the young man to settle them along the way as he may pay more if they get to the station. They demanded 500k from him. The young man pleaded until they agreed to collect 30k to free him.

“Meanwhile, after several hours of delay by the police officers, the other passengers left the young man to continue their journey to Abuja.

“The police officers eventually took the young man to a corner close to their station where they eventually agreed to collect the 30k ransom.

“They then took him to a bank where he withdrew the money and gave them. He had to pay another transport fare to continue his journey. A clear case of Abduction, Hostage-Taking, Blackmail and Robbery.

“I put up a petition to the CP Enugu which got to the OC Urban Patrol.”

UPDATE ON THE CASE

“The OC Urban Patrol, Enugu State called me this morning in respect of this petition which I was planning to dispatch to the CP Enugu this morning. He said someone who read the petition on a platform forwarded it to him yesterday and he was appalled.

“He said he was able to identify the men who, after initial denial, admitted that they committed the crimes as adumbrated in the petition.

“He unreservedly condemned the actions of his men and has asked them to immediately raise the 30k they robbed from the young man as well as the extra cost he incurred paying for transport a second time to continue his journey to Abuja.

“He also promised to deal 'departmentally' with the 'greedy officers' as he described them, for deterrence.

“He has mandated the officers to immediately call the victim, apologise to him and collect his account details for the refunds.

“He has also personally called and apologised to the victim and asked him to confirm to him as soon as he receives the refunds.”

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Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on June, 10 2019

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