Police dismisses corrupt officer from service

Omotosho is reported to have connived with a robbery suspect identified as Akeem Popoola, to rip off innocent members of the public.

The suspect, Akeem Popoola

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has dismissed Festus Omotosho, a police officer working with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for conniving with criminals.

A robbery suspect, Akeem Popoola, had accused Omotosho of giving him orders to sell phones to unsuspecting members of the public.

Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police confirmed the dismissal, stating that the suspect has been transferred to the Ogun State Police Command for investigation.

Popoola narrated how he came to be working for the dismissal police officer. He mentioned that his father had reported him to Omotosho, requesting that he disciplines him.

Omotosho did not honour the request as expected by the father, instead he took Popoola to a beer parlour and gave him N5,000.

Popoola said, “In November 2015, one of my father’s tenants and I fought."

"When my daddy came back home on that day, she reported me to him and he handed me over to Inspector Festus (Omotosho) at the state police command headquarters, Ikeja."

"He told him I was too troublesome and wanted him to discipline me. But he (Ijaya) did not. He took me to a beer parlor at Alakuko and gave me N5,000."

“Two days after, we met at another beer parlour around Agbado, where I was made to swear an oath. He gave me a mobile phone and drove me in his Toyota Camry to POWA Complex in Ikeja."

Concerning how he and Omotosho terrorise innocent members of the public, Popola said, “He told me to sell the phone inside the complex which I did for N20,000."

"After an hour, he handcuffed me and took me in his car with his boys – Abbey and Aluko – to the man that bought the phone."

"He arrested the man and told him to pay N200,000 if he did not want to be taken to the station. The man raised N150,000 among his friends in that complex and gave him."

“When we left there, he removed the handcuffs and gave me N5,000 and we departed.”

This went on for a while until Popoola was arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command while engaging in an act of robbery.

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