Two young men, Morakinyo Tobiloba Peter and Yusuf Samson Dayo, have narrated how police officers attached to the Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Alagbon Close, Lagos State, extorted N22,000,000 worth of bitcoin from them at gunpoint.
According to SaharaReporters, the duo explained that they were stopped on July 14, 2021 while driving along the Ikoyi/Ajah Expressway by the team of police officers in mufti led by one officer Austin, who adopted a fictitious name “Osas”.
The duo said they were treated like criminals while their boss, one DSP Cordelia Nwanue with force number 145341, asked the officers to kill them if they cannot pay N20million as bail.
“We were driving on the Ikoyi/Ajah Expressway precisely at 1004 on the 14th of July 2021, when a team of police officers in mufty accosted us and ordered us to park. We parked and the police officers jumped into the car and ordered us to open our phones.
“Since we have nothing to hide, we gave them our phones and they found nothing incriminating. To our surprise, they ordered us to drive down to their office, we insisted we must know our offences before we can move down to the station. But the police officers descended on us and beat us for disobedience. They claimed we were too fresh not to be a fraudster. We begged them and showed them that we are realtors. We gave them our identity cards and showed them some of our ongoing projects but they insisted we were fraudsters.
“When we got to the police station at FCID Annex, Alagbon Close, Lagos, we were quickly pushed into the cell and they went away with our mobile phones. The police officers returned some hours later and told us we were trading in Bitcoins,” one of them told SaharaReporters.
“Before we know it, they started beating us and calling us Yahoo boys, we told them we were not Yahoo boys. We explained that we are realtors and it was because of the decline in naira that we converted our money into bitcoin, but they kept beating us and they said we should write statement around 8:00pm in the night.”
The duo added that the statements written by them were torn into pieces by the policemen while they were forced to sign another ones written by the officers alleging that they were Internet fraudsters.
“We wrote the statements and they tore it into pieces and wrote another statement for us and forced us to sign it. We did signed the statement and they took them before their boss, DSP Cordelia Nwanue with force number 145341, Admin section, FCID Annex, Alagbon Lagos,” they added.
“Mrs Uwanue asked her officers what happened and they narrated the whole story to her, they told her we are Yahoo boys which we denied and the woman said they should give us bail condition, they demanded N20million from us and when we said we don’t have such amount of money, the woman said they should go and kill us if we insist we cannot pay them N20million as bail.
“Officer Austin who led the team also adopted a fictitious name so that people will not know his true name. He was addressed as Osas by DSP Uwanue, he was the one who took us to the cell and threatened to kill the two of us if we cannot transfer the N20million in bitcoin to them.
“So when he bought out his gun and was taking us out of the cell to kill us as ordered by her boss, DSP Uwanue, we now succumbed to him and said he should remove the money from our account, he insisted he wanted bitcoin and not naira, he provided another bitcoin account and he transferred N22million equivalent of bitcoin from our account.”
They urged human rights activists and the government to intervene on their behalf.
Speaking on the incident, a human rights lawyer, Adegbola Odunyemi asked the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the matter.
“I hereby call on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the office of the Inspector-General of Police; Minister of Police Affairs; Chairman, Police Service Commission; Speaker, House of Representatives; the Senate President and His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to help us recover this money from these criminal elements parading themselves as police officers.
“My clients are realtors and it was because of the decline in naira that made them to convert their money into bitcoin, they are not Yahoo boys.”
Reps probe involvement of AGF, IGP in invasion of Magodo Estate
The House of Representatives on Wednesday unveiled plans to investigate the alleged involvement of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, in the police invasion of Magodo GRA Phase 2, Lagos State.
The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday during the debate on the motion of urgent public importance during plenary.
The motion was co-sponsored by Hon. Ademorin Kuye and Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye.
They expressed grave concerns over the attempt to destabilise the peace of Lagos State, scuttle the ongoing settlement process and enforce an illegality through the directive issued by Buba and Malami.
In his lead debate, Kuye observed that “residents Magodo GRA Phase 2 Shangisha Lagos woke up on the morning of December 5, 2020 to the sight of hundreds of arm wedging thugs, stern-looking and fully armed policemen and members of the Shangisha Landlords Association purportedly to execute a judgment.
“The House is aware also that the judgment that was supposedly being enforced was delivered in 2012 by the Supreme Court in Military Governors of Lagos State & Ors Vs Adebayo Adeyiga & Ors in Appeal No SC/112/2002 wherein the Apex Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal and the High Court delivered on the 31st of December 1993 in suit No. ID/795/88.
“The House is further aware that the declaratory judgment of the Supreme Court only recognized the Judgment Creditors as being entitled to the allocation and reallocation of 549 plots of land in Shangisha Village, not possession of any land.
“The House is cognizant that several attempts have been made by the Lagos State Government from 2012-2015, to settle the matter amicably making different engagements with the Judgment Creditors presenting a proposal for reallocation in the Magodo Residential Scheme within the Badagry area of the State which some of them accepted.
“The House is informed that the Lagos State Government again in 2016 initiated a settlement to reallocate Ibeju Lekki Coastal Scheme located in the Ibeju Lekki Area but this was rejected by the lead plaintiff Chief Adebayo Adeyiga, as government continue to dialogue with majority of the Judgment Creditors to reach a concession towards implementing the judgment
“The House is worried that despite the ongoing settlement efforts and the pendency of an interlocutory injunction dated December 1st 2020 before the Court of Appeal seeking an order restraining him and his agents, Chief Adeyiga purportedly encouraged by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police stormed the estate with unknown bailiffs and armed security operatives to execute a judgment that was purportedly delivered by Lagos High Court.
“The House is worried that the execution being presently executed through the office of the AGF with the connivance of the IGP is illegal as only the Lagos State Deputy Sheriff can execute same and not thugs aided by Police men.
“The House is more worried that the highhandedness and reckless show of force on the 5th of December, 2021 and the 4th day of January 2022 in Magodo by Chief Adeyiga and his cohorts in blatant disregard to Order 8 Rule 17 of the Supreme Court Rules 2014 and Section 37 of the Enforcement of Judgment and Order Part III of the Sherriff and Civil Process Act, LFN 2004 can lead to loss of lives and properties and ultimately breakdown of law and order.
“The House is most worried that the Attorney General of the Federation is destabilizing Lagos State by using his office to back this illegality as a meddlesome interloper and the instrumentality of state – the Nigerian Police Force and their illegal Court Bailiffs, to scuttle ongoing settlement between the Lagos State Government, Magodo GRA 2 Residents and the Judgement Creditors.”
To this end, the House mandated the joint Committees on Justice, Public Petition and Police to investigate the involvement of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police in the attempt to destabilise the peace of Lagos State, scuttle the ongoing settlement process and enforce an illegality.
The joint Committee is also expected to recommend appropriate sanctions for any officer found culpable in the illegal enforcement and break down of law and order.
Monarch calls for peace, unity among Nigerians
The “Osu Ajiri” of Udege Chiefdom in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Halilu Bala-Usman has urged Nigerians to live peacefully, irrespective of tribe or religion faith for development to thrive.
Bala- Usman made the call Wednesday while celebrating his 80th birthday in Nasarawa, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the North central State.
The first class traditional ruler pointed out that love, peace and tolerance were critical for societal development, hence the need for Nigerians to imbibe such virtues.
“The importance of unity and peace to societal development cannot be overemphasized.
“Peace is priceless and non negotiable, it is a necessary requirement for the development of any society.
“It is in view of this that I want to call on my subjects and other Nigerians to show love, embrace peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliations,” he said.
While appreciating God’s protection over his life for the past 80 years, Bala- Usman also thanked his subjects and other well wishers for celebrating with him.
He equally called on the people to support government policies and programmes in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman, Nasarawa Local Government Area Sani Otto has congratulated the first class monarchy.
“We will continue to pray for good and sound health to our father,” he said.
Otto prayed God to protect and bless the traditional ruler abundantly, while pledging his support at all times. NAN