By Evelyn Usman & Esther Onyegbula
Policemen attached to Iponri Division in Lagos State have arrested a 32-year-old fake policeman who extorts money from commercial bus drivers in Costain area, raking in N10,000 daily. The suspect, Austine Okwuoke, clad in a police vest and a black trouser, was said to have been into the shady act for close to six months until luck ran against him yesterday.
When he was searched, N10,000, in rough-looking N200, N100, N50 and N20 denominations, was recovered from his pockets. He was said to have introduced himself to members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, at Costain as a member of a special team on road patrol recently set up by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.
However, during investigation, it was discovered that he was neither a policeman nor a member of any such outfit. He said he continued with what he described as “a lucrative business” because of the amount he made on daily basis. When asked how much he makes, he said: “I make an average of N10,000 a day from commercial bus and truck drivers.”
Confirming the arrest, spokesperson for the state Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, a Superintendent of Police, said the suspect would soon be charged to court even as she admonished members of the public to be wary of his likes.
She said: “The suspect is currently undergoing interrogation with the command. The command, hereby, urges members of the public to be vigilant and not to part with their hard-earned money to anyone who claims to be a policeman, or even wears police uniform, as the leadership of the force abhors any form of corruption.”