A widow, Mrs Fatimoh Olasupo, has accused some police officers attached to the Iju Division, in Ifako-Ijaiye Local government of Lagos State of assault, battery and theft of money running into about N54, 000.
According to her, she works as a Chef in the Hotel Z place at Fagba, at the outskirt of Lagos and on the 1st of April 2021, at exactly 9:40pm, some men not in Police uniform, came into the hotel demanding that she should come with them.
“I thought they want to buy food and I told them food has finished, but to my surprise, one of the men grabbed me, and started beating me with the help of the others.
“As this beating was going on, the others came in wearing police T-shirts and shooting at the air, while everyone in the Bar eating was arrested”
Olasupo added that after the beating, she was pushed into a bus with her two daughter’s age 14 and 20 and her bag of money which contain (80,000.00) eighty thousand naira was taking from her while she was being beaten and thrown into a bus.
When we got to the station she alleged that she was pushed off the bus and fell on her chest and thereafter put behind the “canter” while all men’s are locked up in the cell.
“I asked for my bag of money and my offence after which one policewoman that invaded the hotel with her colleagues came and asked my 14 year’s old daughter to follow her and get her bag, but when they return with the bag the woman police was nowhere to be found and the sum of 54,000.00 fifty four thousand was missing, the only amount found left in the bag was 26,000.00 twenty six thousand naira.
“I demanded for my money, but there was no response from any of the officers, rather they were asking for money for bail of each person at the rate of 10,000.00 naira and even saying I will also pay for my two daughter’s separately.
“Almost immediately, a POS machine was made available which some arrested victims use their ATM card to withdraw and pay for bail. But I can’t pay because the officers have stolen N54, 000 from my bag. At this point, someone that knows the hotel manager came to bail me and my two daughters and the hotel manager with the sum of N25, 000.00 before we were released at exactly 2:40am.”
Meanwhile, a human right group which visited Mrs. Olasupo where she was receiving treatment has called on the Lagos Commissioner of Police to investigate the case and help the victim to recover her stolen money and to also arrest the officers involved in the act.