A man has narrated how he was arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ibadan, who took him to their station and extorted ten thousand Naira from him. According to him, they arrested him for having an harmless app on his mobile phone.
Read his tweets below.
”#EndSARS I was arrested in Ibadan yesterday on my way to work coz police officers found an in built app(Hangout) on my phone, I refused to pay until your officers threatened to Lock me up.. I eventually paid N10,500!
They didn’t allow me to call anyone and I was ready to battle it out with them until I was taken to one of their wretched stations where they were gonna lock me up with some dreadful looking guys! I feared for my health and safety and just had to pay them!
I was smiling all through this duel, even soliciting on behalf of others. Until they popped up with: Alaye wetin you dey use hangout do? I was surprised coz this app has been there for ages and I dont use it. Las las they told me to pay N100,000 I bursted Into laughter coz I thought it was all a joke.. Until I got to station and they asked me to pay 10k las price, for goods I didnt buy! I sha paid and left.. I dont wanna be exposed to danger from these guys in case this escalates and is taken up.
I just want y’all to know they are extorting people for real!
I want everyone to please note that this guy was not alone, he had a few other guys with him too. They were all extorting money from guys that fateful morning but he was just unfortunate to drop his account details, I hope they are all dealt with!”
He also shared a screenshot of the account number of one of the offciers whom he transfered the money to. See below. However, his complaint has attended to by a Twitter account representing the Police and investigation pertaining the matter is ongoing.
The account @PoliceNG_PCRRU tweeted:
@FP_Olamide Your complaint is hereby acknowledged and investigation has been initiated. Your Tracking No is #PCRRU201907. Kindly DM the recipient’s bank account number and name of his bank. Thank you for contacting NPF-PCRRU.