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How Lagos Police rejects N500,000 bribe from four cultists

By Barakat Odegbola

Details have emerged of how the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Lagos State Command, rejected N500,000 bribe offer from four suspected cultists and armed robbers allegedly terrorizing the Ajah axis of Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of the state.

As gathered, following the arrests of two among the suspects, two other members of the gang approached operatives of the Anti-crime patrol team from Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro, to secure the release of their arrested member with N500,000 bribe.

Angered by the affront, the operatives who must have listened to the cultists plea bargain and bribe offer to the tune of N500,000 from the suspects, also arrested the negotiators for approaching police officers with the offer.

Confirming the development, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, said that the four suspects were arrested for allegedly engaging in armed robbery operations and cultism across the state.

According to him, the Anti-crime patrol team from Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro, carried out the arrest during a routine stop and search operation on Sept. 4, at about 12.30 a.m

Ajisebutu, in a statement on Thursday, explained that one of the suspects identified as Alabi Timothy, 23 years old, a resident of No. 9, Baale Street, Majek, Ajah, was arrested at General Paint Garden area, Lekki in Lagos. The PPRO revealed that one locally-made double barrel gun and two live cartridges, including an expended cartridge concealed in a bag were recovered from the suspect.

He said that a 22-year-old suspected cultist, Badmus Toheed, who belongs to the Aye Confraternity, was arrested with a live cartridge at the General Paint ghetto area, Ajah at about 12.45 a.m. on Sept. 4.

The spokesman further said that two more suspects were arrested for allegedly offering an N500,000 bribe to the police to secure the release of the two suspects earlier arrested.

“While one 34-year-old Sunday, resident of 66, Henry Smith Close, Abidjan GRA, Ajah, offered N400,000 cash to secure the release of the first suspect (Timothy), one Akeem, 43 years old, offered the sum of N100, 000 cash to secure the second suspect (Toheed).

“Determined to ensure justice through thorough investigation, the uncompromising police officers in charge of the case rejected the bribe,” he said.

Ajisebutu said the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Hakeem Odumosu commended the professionalism and uncompromising act of the police officers, admonishing other officers to emulate the incorruptible ones. “The CP has, however, directed that the case be transferred to the command’s Tactical Team for further investigations and prosecution,” he said.

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