Two dismissed police officers have been arrested by operatives attached to the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone II, Lagos, for allegedly using their police uniforms and identity cards to extort money from unsuspecting people.

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The two suspects, Joseph Okoye, 45, and 35-year-old Bitrus Yohonna, who had been earlier dismissed from the force due to some misdemeanor some years ago, were arrested by the Zonal X-Squad for driving commercial buses while dressing in police uniforms and allegedly extorting people respectively.

Okoya, who was dismissed in 2010, was arrested around the Abule-Ado Bus Stop on the Badagry Expressway in a bus marked XC755LSR while Yohonna, who got sacked from the force last year, was arrested around the Trade Fair Complex, wearing the Police Mobile Force (PMF) attire.

When a search was conducted on the suspects, the police found uniforms, police identity cards, piles of petition and statement forms, letter headed papers and some other incriminating documents.

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Confirming the arrest, the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said:

“The suspects, who have confessed to using police uniform to perpetrate many illegal acts, will be charged to Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for iof Police accouterments.”