A Nigerian man has taken the pain to narrate how police extortion has actually reached its peak after he narrowly escaped stray bullet
An officer at Ilupeju police station has been accused of extorting a man who narrowly escaped a tragedy after a stray bullet pierced through his ceiling.
The man had gone to the station to complain about the stray bullet when he was allegedly extorted by the officer.
The victim identified as Wale Onigbanjo had taken to social media to share his story of extortion.
He explained that a stray bullet had pierced the ceiling in his living room around 2:00pm, on Wednesday, March 14. According to Onigbanjo, he had gone to the police station in Ilupeju to file a report about the bullet when the officer in charge made fun of him.
Onigbanjo who identified the officer as Inspector Fajuyi Obisitan, stated that he dropped his details after he made the complaint. He further revealed that Obisitan had asked him to settle another inspector before he would be alloed to leave. The man stated that Obisitan had threatened to detain him as a suspect of a shooting crime. He said he was forced to give them the only money he had on him which was N1000. He revealed that Obisitan had promised to file the complaint after he gave them the money, adding that he doesn’t know if they eventually filed it.
In his post, Onigbanjo who stated that he had revealed his details in the presence of detained strangers due to the incompetence of the officer noted that he is afraid.
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“POLICE IS YOUR FRIEND!!! That was what i believed until today while attempting to make an incidence report to my FRIEND. �� Around 2pm and 2.45pm today, I heard a loud bang.
Some minutes later i found a stray bullet (pellet), which pierced through the ceiling and landed on a chair in my living room. Thank God my kids where not around when this happened.
No one was hurt. I called my neighbour to witness the incident. I Proceeded to Ilupeju Police station, coker to make a formal report of the incident.
I met a certain Inspector Fajuyi Obisitan, at the counter who asked me to explain all that happened.
After my explanation, he laughed and querried my fears of an ordinary bullet of a revolver in the presence of detained fierce-looking suspects at the counter. I told him its not about fear but to officially lodge a report of a stray bullet in my house. After taking my contact details, he asked me to “settle” with a lady inspector.
I was shocked and laughed asking why. Then he threatened and said its either i drop the settlement or i be detained and held as a suspect of a shooting crime. That i would be forced to present the gun i used to shoot. Saying i could have killed someone with a gun in my house then run to him to help me cover up.
I laughed hard as i thought it all a joke. Eventually, i was forced to part with all i had in my pocket (one thousand naira), thank God they didnt lead me to an atm to make cash withdrawal. I dont know if they eventually recorded my incident in their station crime diary because he ordered me to leave after collecting one thousand naira and told me that my report will be entered in serial number 111 of 14th march, 2018 in their station crime diary.
MY FEARS Going to the Ilupeju Police station has made me fear for my safety as my personal details and incident report was lousily discussed in the presence of detained strangers by a seemingly drunk police inspector behing the counter. And obviously if reporting an incident is not FREE, how then shall we claim BAIL IS FREE?