Some officers of the Nigerian Police force have been accused of demanding twenty thousand naira (N20,000) before investigating a robbery incident during a night at an unnamed church in Ọgbà, Lagos.
The Police officers, were also disclosed to have threatened to return a member of the robbery gang apprehended by members of church.
This was disclosed by Endsars lead campaigner, Segun Awosanya popular known as Segalinks in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle.
Awosanya said, “I almost wept this afternoon when a citizen narrated how a church was robbed during a vigil by 3 robbers. Two escaped with valuables & one was caught. For the love of Christ the parishioners didn’t take laws into their own hands but took the matter to the police.”
“Upon getting to the station the Police officers demanded that they will need a down payment of N20k to attend to the case & in frustration the parishioners left the place. The next day (this evening) 3 officers visited the church threatening to return the thief and even arrest the parishioners if their demand for N20k is not met. Yes, this reads like some badly written Nollywood movie but it real. We have intervened and the Thief will be arraigned in court tomorrow & the officers involved disciplined. Thanks to DSP, Elkana Bala.”
“This is so bizarre. People were robbed and they came to you with the culprit and all you could do is try to steal from them what the thieves missed? I don’t even want to begin to address the threat to return the thief.”
“You’ll think this happened in some forest where Nollywood actors film “Amiyu and the Pot of Life” but No! It happened in the heart of Ikeja in Ogba. Impunity lives next door to you. Be your brothers keeper and report these anomalies. Thankful this has been nipped!”
“I’m sure the thief in this case will be very confused. The action of the police officers venerates him. He must be feeling like one of them now based on the congeniality spirit. For us, in as much as lice remain on the scalp, our finger nails will remain bloody.”