BY EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS — Policemen attached to Ilemba Hausa division in Lagos State have arrested a 65-year-old man for allegedly parading himself as an Assistant Superintendent of Police to extort members of the public.
The suspect identified as Oshigbemi Marshal, who claimed to be a dismissed policeman with two others at large, reportedly invaded a brothel along Ilemba Hausa Road, weekend, arresting the hotel manager, some staff, commercial sex workers and their male patrons for human trafficking.
They were said to have identified themselves as operatives from the State Criminal Investigations Department, Yaba.
Eye witnesses told Vanguard that Oshigbemi, a father of 10, led the illegal raid. They were said to have demanded N4,500 from the arrested persons, threatened to take them to the dreaded SCID if they refused.
Some of the frightened commercial sex workers and their patrons were said to have parted with the requested sum after which they were released, while others begged with N1,500 claiming that was all they had realised that night.
Vanguard gathered that the bubble burst after the bar man who out of curiosity demanded for their van with which to convey the suspects to SCID.
A staff of the brothel who spoke on condition of anonymity told Vanguard that Oshigbemi said driver of the patrol van had gone to fuel the car.
But after waiting without any sight of the patrol van, the curious staff was said to have contacted policemen from Ilemba Hausa,who arrived the scene.
“Immediately they sighted the police patrol van from Ilemba Hausa division in front of the brothel, the fake policemen who came for the raid took to their heels. But one of them was arrested and taken to the station” the brothel staff said.
Vanguard gathered that preliminary investigation at the station revealed that the men were not policemen afterall. Oshigbemi during interrogation, claimed he was a dismissed policeman.
In his confessional statement to the Police, Oshigbemi reportedly said he was dismissed from the Police Force two years ago.
According to him, “ I was dismissed for illegal conduct. I was among policemen arrested at road block after it was banned, in Sokoto state Police command. I ventured into this act because of my dismissal and I do not have any regret for it, he said”
Police sources told vanguard that the Delta state born suspect had been arrested for similar offense twice.
But when contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide said the suspect was never a policeman, disclosing that a fake police identity card was recovered from him. She added that the suspect had been charged to court for impersonation.