The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of five operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who allegedly harassed a businessman and seized his company documents because of bribe.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the men who perpetuated the crime, were attached to the Ipakodo base of SARS.
The culprits, according to him, are Inspector Taiwo Omojope, Inspector Arigidi Ebibor, Sergeant Rotimi Adesoba, Sergeant Olalekan Olakunle and Sergeant Friday Oni.
Recall that, we had earlier reported that the businessman, Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, had gone to a Zenith Bank branch at Ago-Palace Way, Okota, for a transaction when he was approached by one of the cops who took him to where their operational vehicle was parked. And subsequently harassed him and seized his business documents.
According to him, the cops allegedly demanded money from him, as they turned down a telephone call from the police command headquarters.
Ibe-Anyanwu reportedly sneaked into the toilet of the bank on the pretext of going to withdraw money for the cops. Where he therefore made the issue public through his Facebook account.
Recall also that, the police spokesperson, Oti, had earlier said that preliminary investigation showed that the team was led by one Inspector Jude Akhoyemta of SARS, Ikeja.
However, on Tuesday, he absolved Akhoyemta of complicity in the crime, saying the culprits were from the Ipakodo base of SARS.
He said, “In line with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, the command wishes to inform the public that further enquiry into the allegation of harassment of one Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu by SARS operatives at Ago-Palace Way, Okota, has revealed the true identities of the policemen involved in the highly regrettable incident.
“The men, numbering five, are from the Ipakodo base of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and not the Ikeja unit as previously reported.
“The names of the policemen are Inspector Taiwo Omojope, Inspector Arigidi Ebibor, Sergeant Rotimi Adesoba, Sergeant Olalekan Olakunle and Sergeant Friday Oni.
“They are currently undergoing interrogation at the command’s X-Squad Section and will be marched before an adjudicating officer at the Police Provost Department for the commencement of their orderly room trial.”