Police React To Alleged Bribe-seeking SARS Officials In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has reacted to an incident involving some officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS and one Immanuel James, a businessman who alleged he was forced to hide in a Zenith Bank toilet to avoid bribing the men. The incident happened at Ago-Palace way, Okota, on Monday.

In a statement released on Monday, Chike Oti, the state police spokesperson, said one Ekene Okoro, cousin to the victim had called the command to report the incident.

The statement read:”Today 9th of April, 2018, at about 2pm, one Ekene Okoro placed a call to the- office of the Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State (PPRO) and reported  that his cousin, Immanuel James was  being harassed by policemen alleged to be SARS operatives at Ago-Palace way , Okota, opposite a Zenith bank branch  at Ago-Palace way.

Sequel to the above, a team of policemen from the Command X-Squad section, led by ASP. Musa Shuaibu was dispatched to intervene in the matter.

However, on sighting the X-Squad personnel the erring Police officers hurriedly left the scene in a manner suggestive that they were on illegal duty.

Going forward, the CP Lagos directed the officer in charge of the X-Squad section to fish out the police men within 2 hours and that directive has been actualized  with the identification of the policemen involved.

They were led in that inglorious duty by one Inspector Jude Akhoyemta attached to FSARS Ikeja.

The general public is hereby informed that the CP has ordered for their arrest and as soon as that is done, the public would be communicated as usual.”

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