Officer Arrested for Killing a Man over Police Extortion Claims; Will the Lagos State COP Finally Address Cases of Police Extortion?
Remember the story of the Nigerian man Pius Ogbole who took to Instagram to narrate how a police sergeant killed his father, Mr Francis Ebonyi Ogbole, during an altercation at Iddo Park in Lagos? The police officer, Mathew Oche, had finally been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.
Recall that Pius said they were flagged down by the officers stationed at Iddo Park in Lagos and an altercation ensued after his father accused the police of extortion. Upset by the accusation, Sergeant Oche reportedly shoved Mr Ogbole. The elderly man lost balance and fell, bashing his head against a hard surface.
You can see the graphic photos here.
Now, Punch confirms that Sergeant Oche has been arrested. According to the publication, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, ordered the arrest and detention of the sergeant and reportedly said he would be dismissed from the force before being charged to court.
Also, confirming this, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said, “He is being detained at the SDCI, Yaba. He is being investigated. He will be prosecuted soon.”
And this brings to mind how the Lagos State Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni lost his cool when he was asked to address the incessant complaints from transporters who accused police officers of extorting money from them, causing them to increase transportation fares.
Last month, during a brief meeting with journalists, the top police official was visibly offended when asked to address cases of police extortion.
“Get it right! Don’t exaggerate! Nigerian police is not what you think,” Owoseni said, adding, “All of you come to say ‘corruption corruption’, [but] how many Nigerian police in this town have been arrested by EFCC?”
And when prodded further, he challenged the journalist to name names. “You are exaggerating!” he continued. “The fact that they increased transport fare is not for police (sic).”
His anger could barely be contained.
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Perhaps, with the unfortunate case of Mr Ogbole’s death, the commissioner will begin to handle cases of extortion complaints?