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Published On: Mon, Aug 6th, 2018

6 SARS officers arrested over alleged extortion in Delta

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From Osakhare Erese Asaba

Behind Bars Rights Initiative (BBI) officials said it has facilitated the arrest of six SARS officers led by one Inspector Monday Asemota for allegedly extorting N40, 000 from twin brothers identified as Mark Igiebor who were travelling to Warri from Abraka town in Delta State.
But the chairman of the Behind Bars Rights Initiative (BBI), Mandy Osuji who confirmed the incident to our reporter said: “one of them, Martins Egiebor called us, and we swung into action, following their complaints, and ensured that the matter was taken before the IGP X Squad Delta State Police Command, and they immediately sent their men after them, and they were arrested at Ekpan Police Station where they were forced to return N40, 000 while they are undergoing trails”.
Confirming the arrest of the six SARS, the State Police Commissioner, Mustafa, Muhammed, told our reporter, that the six officers are undergoing trial, and until investigations are completed, I cannot speak further on the issue.”
It was gathered that the officers swooped on the vehicle conveying the two brothers, in a stop and search, and demanded for the phones of the victims.
Our informed sources said that the officers while going through their phones, allegedly found some pictures linking them to homosexuals including the discovery of N70, 000 in their bags, a situation he ordered them to stay behind while other passengers in the vehicle, a commercial vehicle playing Warri, Abraka and neighbouring communities was asked to go.
The victims were alleged to have been taken to a petrol station where the officer allegedly counted N40, 000 out of the N70, 000 and returned N30, 000 to them.
It was further gathered that the victims immediate contacted Behind Bars Rights Initiative (BBI) who swung into action, and the officers were tracked down in Ekpan Police Station, and the N40, 000 refunded to the victims.

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