SIX operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, have been arrested by the X-Squad from the Inspector General of Police for extorting N40,000 from two members of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
The operatives, who are being charged for misconduct and official corruption, were said to have, last Sunday, also demanded N300,000 from the NYSC members to bail their phones after they refused to give the security codes of their phones to the policemen. The victims, who are twins, were on their way to their place of primary assignment in Warri from Abraka, when the operatives stopped their vehicles at Orerokpe, and allegedly insisted on checking their phones.
The arrest of the operatives was facilitated by Behind Bars Rights Initiative, BBRI, who trailed the policemen to Ekpan Police Station, where they were made to refund the N40,000 collected and subsequently arrested by X-Squad from the Inspector-General’s office. The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, could not be reached for comments, but the Director General of BBRI, Gwamnishu Harrison, confirmed the arrest of the officers, adding that they were transferred to the state police command headquarters, Asaba, on Tuesday for further investigation.