A Nigerian man and Instagram user @the_eventguy who fell victim to policeextortion few days ago, took to the platform to share a photo of the policeman who reportedly extorted him.
@the_eventguy who also shared a screenshot of the mobile bank transfer he made to the policeman, added that the police officer is a member of IGP Squad, Osun State command, Osogbo. His post reads;
et the Whole world know this criminals who call themselves police men, a member of IGP Squad, Osun State command, Osogbo… Young people who work so hard to make money are no longer safe as these guys now unofficially go around abducting people in the name of the hunt for Yahoo boys take you to strange places and make you pay for your release… I was able to take a photo of one of them as I was making a transfer to his account for my release. This happened on the 8th of june just around lameko in Osogbo.
Please tag till the appropriate authorities see this.
A similar incident played out few weeks ago, as a Nigerian lady Ifeoluwa Adegoke, caused a stir on social media with her story. She shared her encounter, with some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Adegoke said she was forced to part with N5,000 to save her life and that of her colleagues, who were accosted by the policemen around 1.20pm while going for a photo shoot. The victim, who shared a snapshot evidence of the fund transfer and the photo of one of the policemen, alleged that the operatives threatened to kill them.
“With my encounter today, it is safe to say SARS men are armed robbers. I was going for a photo shoot in Ikorodu today (Wednesday) and armed robbers SARS pulled us over and made us pay for no reason, threatening that they were gonna waste our lives. I made a transfer so they can be traced,” she wrote on her Twitter page.
The tweet went viral as some Nigerians, who lived in the Ikorodu area, identified one of the policemen, Inspector Omotosho Olushola Charles, as a habitual extortionist. They alleged that Charles had forced them at different times to part with various sums of money without committing any offence. The policeman was however arrested, following the viral report.