A 16-year-old boy, Mohammed Isah, claims he duped policemen of thousands of Naira by raising false alarm.
was gathered that Isah, of no fixed address, penultimate Tuesday, went
to the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and alleged
that police metro patrol teams 4 and 5 took N180,000 from him after he
was arrested. Consequently, the teams were invited and interrogated
and it was discovered that they had no contact with him.
Further investigation revealed that the suspect had made similar allegation against some policemen in Anambra and Ondo states.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said Isah came to
the state police command to allege that some policemen in patrol
vehicles arrested him and, in order to free himself, he gave them
N150,000. However, he ran out of luck. While he was making the
report, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who had served in Anambra
and was with the Commissioner of Police, suspected his report. He
recalled how a man made such claim in Anambra and succeeded in
collecting N120,000 and also went to Ondo State and used the same method
to collect N40,000 from the police while five of the policemen he
accused were dismissed. Based on this, the police boss ordered that
his allegation be thoroughly investigated and, at the end, it was found
to be false.
Stating his own side of the story, Isah said, ‘’ I am from Kebbi
State. I was arrested when I came to the police command to report that
some policemen on patrol arrested me and collected money from me which
was false. It was not my first time of doing it. I had used the
same trick to defraud the police in Anambra and Ondo States. So, I
came to do same in Lagos but I was not lucky. Before going to the
police command, I will copy the number of a patrol vehicle and go to
the command to report that the men on duty with that patrol number had
arrested me and collected money from me.
The commissioner of police in-charge of the state will give me back
the amount I claimed they extorted from me since they have zero
tolerance for corruption. So, I saw it as an opportunity to make
money but I ran out of luck when a Deputy Commissioner of Police, who
was with the Commissioner of Police in Lagos when I was lodging the
report, recounted a similar case that happened in his state and my
allegation was investigated. That led to my arrest. I did it because I
have no job and nobody to help me but I know it is not good.’’