Driver Alleges Illegal Detention, Extortion by Lagos Policemen

Admin 28-Feb-2021 Crime

Ayodeji Seriki

A haulage contractor, Mr Ali Qasim Atanda, has alleged illegal detention, extortion and victimisation by policemen currently attached to the Ilasan police station in the Lekki axis of Lagos State.

Atanda revealed his ordeals in the hands of the law enforcement agencies at the weekend.

According to him, in the early hours of Friday, February 5th, 2021, his vehicle, a MAN truck with registration number KRD606XX, was hit by a Mercedes Benz 4Matic SUV, wine colour from behind thereby leading to the side mirror being damaged at Igbara along the Lekki-Epe Expressway Lagos.

Atanda explained that trouble started as the woman who drove the SUV, Mrs. Onyedika Ajaegbu, started arguments and tore his dress to shreds.

He noted his truck was consequently impounded, and in the process one Monday David, said to be a hired-hand with the truck driver by policemen attached to Ilasan police station, was arrested.

He spoke: “Attempts to get my employee, David, were resisted until I paid N10, 000 from the initial N20, 000 demanded for his bail three days later. The IPO on the case, Sergeant Emmanuel Salako, Inspector Mariam and the Division Transport Officer, Ishola Adeyemi, a deputy superintendent of Police, also insisted that I should pay N20, 000 before they can charge the matter to court even after paying the Vehicle Inspection Officers to ascertain the accident.

"The policemen have continued to intimidate and harass me. My vehicle, which is the only means of my livelihood has been at their custody in the past three weeks now,” Atanda said.

Mrs. Ajaegbu disclosed to journalists that the case was being handled at the police station.

DSP Adeyemi and Sergeant Salako equally confirmed the incident.

Adeyemi said: “The truck driver was involved in a minor accident with a SUV, and caused a damage of about N1.6million. I told the Alfa (driver) to do the needful but he refused. So there is nothing I can do about it. Nobody is victimising him."

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of police in Lagos state, Muyiwa Adejobi, was unsuccessful, as he neither returned his calls nor replied to text messages sent to him.

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