Abuja cops invade Lagos house, rob a bizman, his brother
A businessman, Fatai Sowunmi, accused men from the Force Intelligence Bureau’s Special Tactics Squad, Abuja, of stealing $5,000 from him.
His brother, Ibrahim, also claimed that the police stole his ATM card and withdrew 1.3 million naira from his bank account.
Fatai, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Wednesday said the officers broke into his house last Friday at Oseyintola Street, Ifako-Ijaiye, Agege, Lagos State.
He said he was at home with his wife and younger brother, who was visiting, when cops ransacked the house while accusing him of being a kidnapper.
The 30-year-old said: “Last Friday at around 8am, police officers burst into my house and accused me of having weapons and being a kidnapper. They took my phone, beat me and ransacked my house. They took $5,000 from my closet.
“I asked them for an arrest warrant and they started beating me again; they said who gave me the temerity to talk to them.
“My younger brother, Ibrahim, was also beaten. They handcuffed us and took us to the Command Road police station; but they didn’t take us inside. I am a car parts dealer. It was my business money that they took.
“At Command Road, they took my brother’s bank card and withdrew 1.3 million naira from his account; they threatened us that if we ever reported the matter, they would kill us.
Ibrahim said the police operated in a Gestapo style.
He said, “I was sleeping when the door to my brother’s apartment was forced down and armed police entered. They ransacked his house and took his money.
“They took his SUV, handcuffed us and took us to Command Road police station, but they didn’t take us inside the station. They took my bank card, asked for my PIN and withdrew 1.3 million naira from my account.
“They beat us inside the car; they took my brother’s Lexus SUV and put me in the Sienna they brought. They threatened us that if we reported the matter to any police station, they would kill us.
The family’s lawyer, Todimu Ige, said he had sent a petition to Inspector General of Police Usman Baba and Lagos State Police Commissioner Abiodun Alabi.
The petition, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, said that on a Friday Enobaghare, alias Curtis Black General, led six other officers into the operation.
The petition stated that the police officers wore jackets with the word – FIB-STS.
“They got the phone and did his banking and when they saw N1’s account balance 700,000, they started withdrawing money from his account, using PoS operators after recovering from force his ATM card and PIN,” the petition reads.
The Force’s public relations officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the petition did not reach his table.
He said: “The petition regarding this matter has not been brought to our office, but rest assured that if a matter like this comes to us, justice will be served.”
Lagos Police Commissioner Alabi said the matter was being investigated.
He said: “It’s not a matter that is discussed on the phone; it is under investigation.