The Police Commissioner for Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Oweseni, on Monday, ordered the arrest of two of the police officers for extorting N100,000 from Kingsley Azuaru, a member of DPA.
Lawyer to the complainant, Emeka Ugwuoye
I am pleased to inform all members of DPA and the entire world of a major breakthrough in our campaign against police extortion in Nigeria.
Elombah.com had reported that on Friday, 22nd January, 2016, at 10am at No. 24 Bestford Avenue, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos State, Nigeria, at a cyber cafe, Mr. Kingsley Uzoaru, a member of Due Process Advocates [DPA], was at the café when three plain-clothed police officers from the Okota Police Station came into the cafe and asked him to follow them to a yellow Danfo bus with black stripes.
They searched his laptop and found nothing incriminating. Yet they detained him and his laptop.
They demanded for N500,000 from him in order for them to release him. He did not have that kind of money. So they detained him over night.
On Saturday, 23rd January, Kingsley’s wife, a mother of two children, 3 and 1 year old, had to borrow money from relatives in order to free her husband.
She was only able to raise N100,000 on Saturday. That amount was then given to the police (Mr. Chilaka collected the money). The policemen then released Kingsley but continued to hold his laptop.
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The Police Commissioner for Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Oweseni, on Monday, ordered the arrest of two of the police officers: Officer Austin and Officer Chilaka, for extorting N100,000 from Kingsley Azuaru, a member of DPA.
The officers finally admitted that they took the money from Kingsley, but claimed that it was Kingsley that offered the money to them as bribe.
But the Police Commissioner did not believe them. He went further to tell them that even if it were true that the money was offered to them as bribe, they were not supposed to take it.
The two officers are in detention as we speak and their trial will commence soon.
It was DPA that brought this matter to the attention of the Nigerian public. It was DPA that commenced a protest on the basis of this incident. That protest has yielded a major result and we expect to continue to seek an improvement in the relationship between the Nigerian public and the Nigerian police force.
Personally, I commend all of you, members of DPA, for your efforts and your determination. This is only an example of what we can do together. United and resolved, we can move the mountain.
We can create the country that we all shall be proud of. I also commend the Nigerian police high command for appreciating the fact that the people of this country have had enough and are now ready to demand for due process across the land.
God bless all of you. And God bless Nigeria. Please this is the time to bring your friends and family members to join DPA.
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