Men of the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Police are now at the centre of the controversial killing of a businessman (name withheld) after allegedly extorting N2.8 million from the incident occurred at Karu police division.
A corporal attached to the crime department allegedly killed the suspect he was investigating after extorting N2.8 million from him.
LEADERSHIP WEEKEND’s sources explained that the corporal (name withheld) was the investigating police officer (IPO) in charge of the suspect’s case. He hails from Cross River state but speaks Hausa language fluently.
Sources said that the deceased who was detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) cell lived a flamboyant lifestyle and drove assorted cars. He recently added a Mercedes Benz to his fleet of cars.
LEADERSHIP WEEKEND gathered that the deceased was picked at a joint called Ibiza, located along the Mararaba-Keffi expressway, while he was having a drink with some friends on a trumped-up charge of armed robbery.
Sources said the deceased was detained and tortured for several days, an ordeal which forced him to reach a deal of parting with the sum of N2.8 million to the police for his freedom.
He was allegedly brought out from the police cell and went with the late businessman to a new generation bank, Karu branch, where he withdrew the amount and handed it over to the corporal who allegedly took him to a bush along Karshi road and shot him dead.
According to our source, unknown to the police, the businessman had programmed his bank alert messages to his sister’s phone.
Trouble, however, started when the sister of the late businessman got the bank alert that the said amount had been withdrawn by the brother who was in police detention. Wondering how her brother could have made the transaction while in police detention, she rushed to the Karu police station where she demanded to see him.
According to our sources, "the police could not produce him and, after playing one trick after another, they said it was the SARS that picked him from the cell’’. LEADERSHIP WEEKEND gathered that the family launched an avalanche of inquiry which led to the arrest and detention of the corporal and one of his colleagues in the armoury section of the division.
Our correspondent eventually called the DPO and also sent a text message to him which he did not respond to until the time of going to press. Meanwhile, the FCT police command has said it was investigating the allegation that police operatives extorted N2.8 million and killed a businessman.
Police spokesperson Doris England, in a telephone chat with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, said the FCT commissioner of police, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, had ordered the deputy commissioner in charge of Criminal Investigation Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.
“The CP has detailed the DCID to investigate the allegation. He ordered him to conduct a thorough investigation. It was a team that was taking him (victim) to a place when the incident occurred. The DCID is still on it and has not submitted his report,” she stated.