It was reported that three policemen who allegedly extorted the sum of N153,000 from Hezekiah Oluwaponmile, a student of Lagos State University at gunpoint in Ogun State have been arrested.
The said Policemen serve at Owode-Egba Police station, Siun, Ogun State.
According to PUNCH, the policemen waylaid their victim while he was heading to Abeokuta from Ibadan and they allegedly demanded N1m from him.
The incident occurred on Saturday, April 24, 2021, along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
Hezekiah Oluwaponmile alleged that the policemen stopped the vehicle he was in and ordered him to get down.
He also revealed that they dragged him out of the vehicle and they demanded to know the kind of job he was doing.
“I told them that I was a student of LASU. They told me to unlock my phone, but I refused; they threatened to kill me if I did not cooperate with them. They brought out a shocker, so I obliged.
“They asked me how many bank accounts I had and how much was in each of them. I told them I had two accounts with GTB and Union Bank. So, I opened my phone due to the threat from them and upon going through it, I was asked to pay the sum of N1m, but I told them I did not have up to that amount.
“Later on, they asked me to open my bank app, where they saw a balance of N288,000 and told me that they would collect N250,000 out of it without telling me what I did wrong.
“I begged them that I needed the money for some things, but they insisted on collecting N150,000.
“Then they asked me to give them my Automated Teller Machine card; I denied having one, so they took me to a Paga (Point of Sale) shop, which they have a connection with.
“The Paga man collected a fee of N3,000 after negotiating from N5,000. On a final note, I did a transfer of N153,000.” He said.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi verified the incident when he was contacted.
“We heard about the issue and those policemen have been arrested.
”We have identified them and they have been arrested. They are currently undergoing trial now.” He said.