Delta based human rights activist and President UPU youth wing who also represents the national youths council in the Delta state community policing committee, Kelly Efemena Umukoro, has recovered the total sum of two hundred and forty thousand Naira extorted from one Mr. Daniel Okafor.
According to Umukoro, some police officers in Ajah axis of Lagos extorted the money from Okafor, a Deltan who just returned from Kenya but based in Lagos state.
Umukoro told Emerald News that he received the disturbing news from Daniek Okafor that the officers made him to part with the said amount as against his wish.
He said Okafor lamented that he was stopped in a commando-style around Sangotedo axis where they first requested for his phone.
He said while Daniel resisted to give them his phone they instilled fear and panic into him until he gave them the phone and his international work permit after which they took him to the station.
Umukoro said Okofor wasn’t detained, he statement or any other form of interrogation was not made rather they threatened him and extorted Mr. Okafor to the tune of two hundred and forty thousand Naira from him.
He said the officers withdrew the said amount from a ready POS merchant just opposite the station and was set free thereafter.
“The officers who were initially reluctant to release the money finally called back after I have made several calls to the police authorities in Lagos state and he requested account details to lodge the money into. And as at yesterday they paid in 200,000 Naira via Pos transfer and promised to balance the N40,000. Graciously, the balance amount has been paid.
“I must sincerely thank the The Area commander in charge of the Elemoro area command. He was of great help in the process of recovering the money.
“He is a sound officer who is against any form of intimidation or extortion.
“Civility to members of the public is not negotiable.
“The three police officer of the team have been apprehended awaiting disciplinary measures.
“Our resolve to protect the fundamental rights of our people remains sacrosanct”