A civil right organization, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has accused a police personnel attached to the Testing Ground Police Station in Ibadan, under the control of the Oyo State Command of engaging in acts of intimidation, harassment and extorting an Ibadan based businessmen.
A statement issued by the Executive Chairman of the organization, Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman on Wednesday alleged that the personnel named Inspector Alaba (surname unknown) has been utilizing his position as a law enforcement officer to cajole , harass and intimidate some businessmen with a view to extorting money from them.
According to Sulaiman in the statement, Alaba has taken advantage of lacuna in the relations between the businessmen to willfully seek to profit unduly, saying the conduct of the affected police officer has become a bad advertisement for the image of the force.
“We have been observing the conduct and demeanor of Inspector Alaba (who can be contacted on 07036568659) since a complaint was lodged by an unknown resident of the state. To us, his conduct has left a lot to be desire and we are appalled and we are calling on the top police hierarchy to call him to order in the interest of the image of the force.” Sulaiman stated.
On what transpired between the businessmen, Sulaiman stated that one of them, Alhaji Moruf Olayiwola sold one earth moving equipment to Mr. Amos Oke who went ahead to sell it to another businessmen named Kayode Alao who is believed to be an Ibadan based spare part dealer who has been a victim of harassment and intimidation in the hands of Inspector Alaba.
Sulaiman added Alaba has been demanding all manner of documentation from Alao who had been producing them but with not iota satisfaction from the police officer who has been insisting that he part away with some cash before being left off the hook.
“As we speak, Alaba has seized all the documents including customs papers and necessary receipts both original and photocopy relating to the equipment from Alao, yet still insisting that he should part with some cash before the case is dispensed with. He has so far collected the sum of N100,000 from Alao yet insisting that all the affected businessmen part with N500,000 before the case could be dispensed with.” Sulaiman stated.
The group in the statement added that the trend is common with police personnel attached to the state’s command just as he drew attention to a similar case involving personnel attached to Ogbere Police Station, located on Akaran Road in Ona Ara Local Government, Sergeant Michael Aliwo (who is popularly known as (Awilo).
“In that case, the said police officer in a gruesome manner killed one Olaide Akinola, a spare part dealer and Okada rider. This case is drawing some similarities and Inspector Alaba has been issuing threats to the businessmen who are crying out for help. I was told by one of the businessmen that some personnel of the force have been monitoring their movements.
“We are using this medium to urge relevant authorities such as the Inspector-General of Police, his deputy in charge of Zone XI in Osogbo, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police to act with dispatch with a view to safeguard and protect the lives of the affected businessmen because, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in charge of the Testing Ground Police Station are accomplices in this scheme.
“We are also urging the affected personnel to desist (covertly or overtly) from all forms of intimidation, harassment and recurring threat to their lives and their properties both within and outside the state forthwith. We are also calling on Inspector Alaba to refund the N100,000 that he has collected so far from the businessmen without further delay.” The group insisted.
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