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Police Officers Accused Of Demanding N.8m Bribe, Collect N.2m

Posted: Jul 2, 2016 at 4:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom
Lagos – Three police officers attached to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Alagbon, Ikoyi in Lagos State have been accused of receiving N200,000 as bribe from a suspect, in a case they had allegedly demanded a whopping N800,000.

Independent gathered that the three officers are currently being investigated on the allegation after a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) blew the whistle over their activities in the bribe scandal.

The Movement for Islamic Rights and Justice (MIRAJ) had in a petition dated June 28, 2016 accused the officers of using their positions to extort money from one Folorusho Soetan, the Baale (native head) of Oluwanishola Village in Atan Ota, Ogun State.

Our correspondent gathered that the build-up to the bribe scandal began early June this year when one Chief Adisa Oluseye Omoniyi, who is also laying claim to being the Baale of Oluwanishola Village petitioned the police alleging against Chief Soetan, and two others, messrs Olatunde Ololade and Muyideen Najeem, of threat to life, malicious damage to properties, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, promoting acts of thuggery and conducts likely to cause breach of public peace.

A police source at Atan Police Station in Sango Ota, Ogun state told our correspondent that the case was transferred from the station to FCID, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos, where a team of police officers from the administrative section was assigned to investigate the incident.

MIRAJ in its petition identified the three officers in charge of the case as one Lateef, Obono Wilfred Calistus and one Dickson, all from the administrative section of FCID.

However based on the petition, the officers on June 22, this year stormed the village at about 10pm and whisked away Chief Soetan, who was duly installed by Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland, as the Baale of Oluwanishola Village, Atan Ota, Ogun State, shooting sporadically into the air to scarce away armless youths and children in the village.

Determined to collect the bribe, the account number of one of the officers handling investigations into the matter was handed over to Miss Ranti Soetan, daughter of the Ogun monarch.

The account details are:

Name of Bank: First Bank Plc

Account Name: Obono Wlifred Calistus

Account No: 3077959396

The movement is demanding that the Inspector-General of Police should order that the case file be transferred to another Investigating Police Office, even as the officers who collected the N200,000 should return
the money.

One Amoo Simeon, acting on behalf of the detained suspects paid the first tranche of the bribe sum of N189,000 into the account at the Ota II branch of First Bank on June 24, 2016 but that was not enough to secure their release from detention as they allegedly insisted that the balance of N11,000 must be paid to complete the first tranche.

The money was reportedly handed over in cash to the officers by Chief Soetan’s daughter identified as Ranti Soetan.
When our correspondent contacted Lateef on his phone, he admitted having knowledge of the case, but promised to get back to Independent on the matter. He never did as at the time of going to press.

Muyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Police Command did not pick his calls, even as a male police officer from the Control Room said he could not speak on the issue.