Policeman allegedly caught on tape extorting money with POS in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday arrested and detained a policeman attached to the Makinde Police Division over allegation of extortion.
The man, whose identity was concealed in a seven-second footage recorded by a female motorist! was shown holding what looked like a Point of Sale, POS, terminal.
He was seen taking what appeared like an Automated Teller Machine card from a man who had disembarked from a motorcycle.
The woman who was filming the incident from her car was heard in the background accusing the policeman of extortion.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the command was aware of the video, adding that the policeman involved was arrested and detained.
He said, “The policeman was on a stop-and-search on Tuesday. From what we gathered, he stopped a commercial motorcycle rider who was carrying a passenger with a bag. He asked the passenger what he had in his bag and he stated them.
“The policeman searched the bag and found the POS terminal and other documents. When he asked him what he was doing with the POS, the man claimed he was using it to pay utility bills and that he worked with an electricity distribution company.
“The policeman demanded a proof of identification and he tendered it. The policeman then asked him to go since there was nothing implicating on him. Unknown to all of them, a passerby was filming the scene without their knowledge.
“We arrested the policeman initially. But this morning (Wednesday), we saw the same commercial motorcycle rider and asked him to give an account of what transpired. The rider gave the same account, saying the policeman did not collect any money from the passenger.”