By Muyiwa Adekojede
He and his friends were extorted of 405,000 naira by Adeniji Police Station operatives in Lekki, Lagos, according to Yeiyah Samuel, a student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
As Samuel recalled, he and three others were in a private car headed toward a beach in Lekki at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.
They were then stopped by armed police officers at CMS Bus Stop.
It appears from his narrative to FIJ that he parked the car and that he and his passengers all complied with the officers’ orders to be searched.
Even before the search began, an officer had already pointed his gun at the crew of friends in a shooting stance.
Another officer then questioned them about their identities while the search was taking place, he said.
As Samuel had indicated, he was a UNILAG student, but his friend was a student at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).
Nevertheless, one of the officers directed them immediately to board a police shuttle.
“When I entered the shuttle, I met two men and a woman. The driver drove the seven of us to the police station. At the station, they went through our phones but found no exhibit in them, yet they framed us for cultism.
“They collected everything with us, locked me and the other men in the cell, and freed our female friends. If anyone tried to talk, they’d slap them. In the cell, the folks we met stripped us and began to beat us. We slept there.”
On the following day, he said he and his friend were approached by an officer who told them if they had not been cultists, they would not have accepted to sleep in the cell.
They were then questioned by an officer regarding what they would be willing to offer in order to gain their freedom.
The students proposed a ₦100,000 offer to the police.
“They said the least they would accept from us was N1 million. One of them then said we should pay N300,000 after we pleaded. But another officer asked us to pay N400,000 instead.
“The two guys with a woman they arrested along with us were invited to pay N640,000. They told one of them to transfer N640,000 to my account because none of them had an ATM.”
Samuel was later accompanied by a police officer to the Adeniji Police Station POS shop, where he withdrew the N405 000 and the N640,000 that had been transferred earlier.
Following his payment, the police officers handed him a bail form and asked him to write a statement as though he was at the police station bailing four people out that morning.
“They finally gave us our phones when we had paid. By 11 a.m. on Wednesday, they saw us off to where our car was parked and bade us goodbye,” he added.