By Emmanuel Daudu
The Coalition of Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs, CONYSSA, has applauded the Osun State Police Command over swift action regards the misconduct of six Police personnel in the state on two civilians in the early hours of Wednesday 26th May 2021.
Mr. Toheeb Babalola who narrated his hurdle with the Police officers to the Coalition of Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs’ Secretariate in Abuja on Thursday, said, “our names are Toheeb Babalola, Jamiu Olajide and Taiwo Olamilekan of Millennium street, Oda Road, Akure, Ondo State. On the 26th Day of May 2021 While traveling from Ibadan to Akure at about 1:30 pm, at Osogbo Junction we were intercepted by six Police officers wearing jackets with POLICE RESPONSE UNIT (PRU) Inscription. They checked our papers and found everything complete. They equally checked our phones and found nothing incriminating, but insisted they will take us to State Command Osogbo. They threatened to shoot us when we demanded to know our offence or the reasons for our arrest. At the Criminal Investigation Department, Osogbo, we were threatened to hand over our ATM cards to them. They thereafter took us to Okefia in Osogbo where they transferred the whole funds Five Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N525,000.00) found in the bank account of one of us.
“They locked us up in the cell for some time before they took us to POS at Okefia. They put us inside one room which looks like a toilet they ask two of us to face the wall but my friend who owns the car was with them before they ask us to write a statement, sir.
There was a Lady with us whom they asked to stay outside.
“They said we are internet fraudsters, yet they check our phones and found nothing. Assuming we are Internet fraudsters as alleged, is taking our money the solution? I thought they were supposed to charge us to court.
“Before we gave them 525k under duress, they first said we should give them 1million naira.
“This is the account from which they transferred our money 0594722075 Babatola Toheeb, GTbank through a first bank POS at Okefia.
“Sir, all we are demanding for is justice.
Kindly find attached a copy of the bank statement printed out evidencing the illegal transfer”, he pleaded the National Coordinator, Coalition Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs, CONYSSA, Amb. Ade Mario Emmanuel.
Earlier, a preliminary investigation through Google revealed that the POS through which the money was transferred belongs to TEAMAPT LIMITED whose business address is 12, Wole Ariyo Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Urging further, Mr. Toheeb Babalola pleaded with the CONYSSA boss to set up an investigation team to look into the matter because “it is becoming unbecoming and a daily occurrence in Nigeria. This is nothing but Robbery using the gun bought by the taxpayers”, he added.
The National Coordinator, Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs, Amb. Ade Mario Emmanuel who since then has been at the top of the issue had retired with a favourable result today Saturday 29th May 2021.
The fund has been paid back, today to the said victims after engaging top Police officers in the state and Community Policing Unit of the Nigerian Police Force.
“The Coalition of Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs appreciates the Commissioner of Police, Osun state who expressed regret over the misconduct of his personnel and zoomed into action alongside the OC RPU”, he said.
After the refund, Mario speaking with his team applauded the office of the AIG Community Policing at the Force Headquarters for the maximum corporation given him to attain a smooth and stress-free outcome.
Appreciating also, Tolu Babaleye Esq, the victim’s solicitor for his time, resources, and sacrifice in making the issue get a soft landing.
Similarly, the National Coordinator, CONYSSA, Amb. Mario Ade Emmanuel who confirmed the refund payment of the money to the victims thanked the Osun State NYCN Chairman for being available for the Nigerian youths in his state, pointing out that the Coalition of Nigerian Youth on Security & Safety Affairs, is there as the youth aim focused in mediating on Security issues between the Nigerian populace and our security architecture.