A Benin-based car dealer has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu over alleged extortion and assault by some police personnel attached to the Federal State anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS at Ekpan Police station, Warri in Delta State. The petition which was signed by Mr. Matthew Ekhumelo and addressed to the IGP through the Assistant
A Benin-based car dealer has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu over alleged extortion and assault by some police personnel attached to the Federal State anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS at Ekpan Police station, Warri in Delta State.
The petition which was signed by Mr. Matthew Ekhumelo and addressed to the IGP through the Assistant Inspector-General.of Police, AIG, Zone 5 in Benin on behalf of the victim, Mr. Ogbebor Osasuyi.
The petition which emanated from Akoko and Co. Chamber, was dated on the 11th day of April 2019 and made available to journalists yesterday in Benin City, Edo State Capital.
The petitioner alleged that Mr. Ogbebor Osasuyi, a car dealer on Sapele road in Benin, was unlawfully assaulted and tortured by the Police after his arrest along with his colleague Mr. Amos Asoata while returning from Warri where they went to assist a legitimate owner of a Toyota Camry car (2012 model) on April 8, 2019.
It stated that Mr. Ogbebor Osasuyi, and his Colleague, Mr. Amos Asoata, were accused of snatching the car and thereafter arrested, brutalized, detained and denied access to their lawyers by police operatives who compelled them to pact with the sum of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira to secure their release.
They further narrated their ordeal on how they were arrested haven presented their valid identity cards on request by the security operatives who forcefully took them to Ekpan Police station where they were reportedly beaten with gun buts and other dangerous weapons.
After a former owner of had come to absolve them of any wrong doing at the police station, according to the petitioner, they (Mr. Ogbebor Osasuyi and Mr. Amos Asoata) were forced by the personnel to make compromises when it became obvious to them that pleas by one Mr. Austin and Mr. Cyril Oriferi who claimed to have sold the car to a Clergyman who resides at Ekpoma in Edo State to the Divisional Police Officer at Ekpan, fell into deaf ears.
They called on authorities to bring the suspected Culprits to book and rid the Nigeria Police of criminal elements from the force in order to serve as deterrent to others, irrespective of whose ass is gored.
Part of the petition reads in part, “Sir, Police are supposed to be our friend, upholders of our values, just and abide by all that are lawful and right, but our experience, reverse is the case.
According to the petitioner,
“despite all the obvious, the Police still choose to be criminally to the last, they obtained from the parties the sum of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) as bail money which was collect in bulk along with other charges.