The Lagos State Police Command has arrested and dismissed five policemen for various offences ranging from extortion and other allied crimes.
The command also paraded suspected kidnappers of three schoolgirls of the Barbington Marcaulay Memorial Seminary in Ikorodu who were at large.
The suspected police extortionists are Samuel Ando, Richard Ugwu, Daniel Osaimayu, Sergeant Sulaiman Muhammed, and Corporal Michael Adeoya.
It was gathered that Daniel Osaimayu, attached to the Lagos State Task Force, was arrested and dismissed for extorting N50, 000 from motorists.
Speaking to newsmen, Osaimayu, a sergeant, said, ”I was at my duty in Oshodi when X-squad officials of the command arrested me. That was yesterday at about 10.am. A guy was arrested and during search, the money was found on him. And the suspect confessed and pointed at me that I sent him.
”After I was arrested, I was brought to the X-squad office in Ikeja. They searched me, but no money was found on me. The Commissioner of Police should please reconsider me. I have a family I cater for.”
Another arrested cop, Adeoya, said: “I was coming down from inside keke marwa when I was arrested by the X-quad officers at Mile 12 market on Monday. I went to the market and I am an orderly to an APC chairman at Kosofe LGA. ”
“I went to the market to buy food for my chickens which I rear at home. I was surprised when I was arrested. After I was interrogated, I was told by the police at the squad that I was arrested for improper dressing. Now there is nobody to feed my Chickens. They would have all died.”
“Ugwu too was arrested in Sabo, Yaba for improper dressing. I wore slippers because of the wounds I have on my leg. That is my offence. I am not into extortion.”
According to another suspect, Sulaiman, “I was attached to Idimu police division; I was on a night duty at a politicians house called Oladun House. When I had an asthmatic attack. But I was able to manage with my inhaler. Someone now gave me a ride from Idimu. I was coming to the office when they arrested me for improper dressing. I am not into extortion.”
The State Commissioner of police, Owoseni while parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters, said one Ando who was dismissed for extortion from Oyo State Command was arrested for similar crime in Lagos.
Owoseni said, “some of the policemen who were bent on tarnishing the image of the police we be shown the way out of the service.
“They were arrested for mounting road block which contravened the Inspector General of Police directives on road block across the country. We are doing this to serve as a lesson to other police officers to desist from the act and exposing those who are bent on disgracing the police.”
“ Any policeman that fall short of the police regulations would be fired. We cannot continue to accept such act.
The command also paraded 38years old Felix Silver who is said to be one of the kingpins in the kidnap of the three students from Babington McCaulay Serminary School at Ikorodu.
According to Owoseni, the Edo State indegene, Felix, is the leader of armed robbery and kidnapping operations in Ikorodu, Epe and Ogun State and Ibafo axis. He was arrested last week.
“This man is also responsible for the kidnap of the rescued Chinese man within the Ajah axis, three weeks ago.
“I can assure you that he will be arraigned before a court of Law. The Command will not rest on its oars; it will continue to utilize every strategy to fight criminality in the state.”
Owoseni added that the Command had been able to record key achievements including the arrest of 10 notorious armed robbery suspects, six kidnapping suspects.