Policeman demands N15, 000 ‘motivation’ from victim to arrest robbers

Ayodele Oduniyi is a victim of armed robbery but his grouse is that the Police refused to arrest the robbers until he pays a certain amount of money.

According to Oduniyi, a policeman identified as Fatai, from the Area M Police Division, demanded that he payed N15,000 bribe in order to take action and for ‘motivation’.

The policeman was assigned to Oduniyi after he reported at the station that some robbers raided his apartment on in the Egbede area of Lagos around 3pm on September 1.

The robbers carted away with valuables and his ATM card, which they later used to withdraw N100,000 from his bank account.

The policeman had promised to send a letter to the bank to release the visuals of the person who carried out the transaction, but never did so, giving excuses whenever the victim met with him.

Narrating the incident, Oduniyi said, “I worked on my computer till 11.30pm that day before my wife and I decided to go to bed. All of a sudden, we saw our door wide open and two men with a gun and a torch came in.

“They ordered us to lie down and threatened to kill us and our child if we refused to cooperate.

“They took the N5,000 I had on me, my phone, Ipad and my wife’s two phones. They collected the ATM card of my GTB account, and requested I gave the correct PIN or lose our child. It was when one of them was busy searching my wardrobe that I managed to see his face. I can recognise him if I see him.

“I was trying to call GTconnect after they had left when I received five alerts 0f N20,000 each that had been withdrawn from my account. The transaction was carried out at the Access Bank’s ATM in our area.

“I went to Area M and a policeman, Fatai, was told to take my statement. He inspected my house, I gave him pictures and a print out of the alerts from my email address. He said he would write a letter to Access Bank, requesting the visual of the person that withdrew the money. I have been to the station and called him on the phone several times, but he has been giving me excuses. He requested N15,000 to motivate his colleagues to track those guys. I said I only had N2,000 which I gave him. I guess he is foot dragging on it because I did not give him the N15, 000.”

The Lagos State police spokesperson, DSP Joe Offor, said, “I have been trying to get across to the DPO of the station to no avail. By tomorrow (Monday), the case file and the policeman that is handling the matter will be verified from the station.”

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