* Police identify phone owner
In a bizarre twist, some officers of the E-Crack Unit of the Rivers State Police Command have mistakenly forgot a phone in the car of a student of the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, they forcefully extorted of N150,000
The student, who simply gave his name as Victor E, said he went out with two of his friends to get food for his sick girlfriend on February, 16 , 2021, around Rumualogu-Alakahia Car Wash axis of Obio-Akpor Local government area when the officers stopped him for a search of his vehicle.
He alleged that that the policemen subsequently seized his phone and that of his friends and later, threatened to take them to the office Economic Financial Crimes Commission or use machetes to butcher them if they refuse to yield to their demand for money.
According to him, after making them drive round some parts of the city, the police officers eventually forced them to go to an ATM machine where they made him to withdraw N120, 000 cash which is his bank’s allowed maximum withdrawal for the day.
He added that he was compelled to transfer another N30, 000 to an account of belonging to one Udoh Favour, provided by the E-Crack Officers.
Victor, however, said luck ran out the policemen as one them forgot his phone in his car.
The student told journalists that he quickly switched the Tecno Torchlight phone, to stop the police officers from calling it, using it to trace him and to use it as an evidence against them.
He appealed to the new CP Eboka Friday to help him recover his money and bring the police officers to book.
But PM NEWS gathered that the officers involved in the alleged extortion have been arrested today ( Thursday)
While confirming the arrest, spokesperson for Rivers Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, said the ownership of the phone was traced to a police officer in the Command (names withheld).
He added that the owner of the phone and other officers with him during the alleged extortion have been summoned to the Command headquarters for investigation and would be made to pay back the money extorted from the student and face the law.
Our correspondent reports that this the perhaps the first case of extortion by police officers to be reported under the watch of the new CP Eboka Friday, who vowed not condone corruption and professional misconduct when he took over the command last week.