Tweeps accuse Lagos police officers of phone raid and extortion
Lagos State Police have been accused of searching residents’ mobile phones and extorting money from them.
Inspector General of Police Usman Baba had warned officers not to search residents’ phones.
A police corporal, Opeyemi Kadiri, was recently fired after he was seen in a viral video searching a commuter’s phone.
PUNCH Metro discovered that the Mile 2 area of Lagos was exploited by cops seeking bribes, usually dressed as mufti.
Some Twitter users claimed on Tuesday that officers searched cellphones for incriminating documents and also extorted money using point-of-sale terminals.
A cryptocurrency coach, @ThePaulOla, lamented that N5,000 was extorted from him at Mile 2.
He wrote, “I have just been stopped by members of @PoliceNG along Mile 2 Road. Told me to get into their van, checked my phone, saw nothing and still collected $5000 from me via POS.
In response, the Force’s public relations officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, assured that the illegal act would be suppressed.
Adejobi said, “Another point of sale? Haaaa, can you please reach out to Ben and I? dust. Anyway, whatever they want to say, they can go on, we will do what is necessary to curb all this excess. Too bad.”
another user @Chidpiero1, said, “They did that to me too. Mine was 15,000, even Mile 2. Now it’s getting too much.
A @ohagwachidera, who claimed he did not part with the money after meeting the suspects at Mile 2, said he was beaten when he mentioned the IG order.
He said, “This happened to me last week on Friday along the same Mile 2 road. They told me to get off and then open my phone. I said I couldn’t have police IG having gave orders against such. I was rushed with a few slaps but still held on. After all, I was allowed to leave.
Another Twitter user @0xgodedwrote, “Mine was on the axis of Alaba. I was forced to get off the bike I was on, then a woman came to hold my hand like a responsible person, flashed her ID card, then asked me to give her my phone, she went to my whatsapp and searched for words like gift cards, amazon, itunes and customer.
Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin said the command was monitoring the situation.
He said: “We are dealing with cases on an individual basis. This particular case has been reported; I saw it on Twitter and we’re picking it up. So I am aware of this particular case.