Police detain five personnel for extorting travellers of N25,000 in Osun - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Friday, August 11, 2023

Police detain five personnel for extorting travellers of N25,000 in Osun

The Osun State Police Command on Friday disclosed that it has detained five of its operatives involved in extorting travellers into the state capital.

It was gathered that some traditionalists traveling to Osogbo for the Osun-Osogbo festival were accosted by said police operatives on Thursday and forcefully made to part with the sum of N25,000.

The victims, it was gathered while pleading with the operatives sighted the convoy of the Osun State Assembly Speaker, Adewale Egbedun and flagged him.

The Speaker, upon listening to the victims ordeal confronted the police operatives, who pleaded for forgiveness over their action.

In a statement issued by Speaker's aide, Olamide Tiamiyu, reads, "was returning from a trip to Ayedire local government when some distressed citizens flagged his vehicle to complain on the illicit activities of the men of the Police force for intervention.

"The victims who were traveling for the Osun Osogbo festival scheduled for tomorrow, narrated their ordeal in the hands of the officers. They added that the policemen who refused all pleas to allow them go on their journey, eventually forced the three among them to make a transfer of twenty-five thousand naira each.

"When approached to hear their sides of the story, the leader of the police team confirmed to the Speaker that they collected the quoted amount from the three commuters and pleaded for forgiveness".

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Osun Police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said following the viral video of the incident, the operatives involved in the unethical incident have been arrested and detained.

It reads partly; "The police Command frowned and condemned the act in totality as the erring police officers are currently in detention since Thursday, and undergoing investigation and eventual disciplinary procedure of orderly room trial for their unprofessional conduct while the senior officer among them has been queried accordingly.

"The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the general public, most especially the good people of Osun State that, he will never condone any act of indiscipline and unprofessional conduct exhibited by any member of the Nigeria Police under his watch".

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