Four police officers from the Anti Robbery Squad, SARS attached to Area K Badagry in Lagos have been arrested and taken to the X-Squad Ikeja for forcing a man, Mr. Apagbo John, at gun-point, to withdraw N140,000 from his account via an ATM, in exchange for his life.
The officers were two Inspectors – Pativon Patrick and Owolabi Oke – and two sergeants – Momoh Jimoh and Akinmade Kehinde.
The incident which happened at about 10 pm at the ATM of an Agbara branch of a first-generation bank along the Badagry Expressway, was reportedly leaked to the Area Commander, Hope Okafor, who promptly intervened, ordering for their arrest and detention.
The suspects were immediately detained at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja from where they are likely to face orderly room trial. It was gathered that the victim, John suffered his fate when he was driving home late in the evening with his parents’ vehicle and there was traffic along the expressway.
The accused police officers, allegedly stopped him beside the road, labeled him a suspect and threatened to kill him that night as a robber. It was gathered that he pleaded with them not to kill him but asked them to take everything he had on him including the vehicle to spare his life.
They, then, allegedly forced him to their office at Area K Command, where they told him that he could only be alive if he could bring a certain amount of money.
John told the officers that he was with his ATM card and had about N140,000 in the account. It was learnt that they marched him to Agbara that night with their guns where he withdrew the money and gave them.
After they collected the money, they insisted it was not enough and detained him at Area K Command.
Meanwhile, the money he withdrew at the bank belonged to his father who received alerts on the withdrawals. However, the evil plot was exposed when his parents started making inquiry on what was happening to him and John was traced to the Command.
It was then the information got to the Area Commander, Okafor, who was still in the office. She was said to have quickly stepped in, ordered the arrest of the officers, retrieved the money from the officers and returned same to the victim.