Police sergeant attached to Special Protective Unit, SPU Base 5, Benin-City, Edo State, is on the run, and has abandoned his AK 47 rifle with serial number B11343170 and 30 rounds of ammunition after allegedly extorting the sum of N1.8million from a teenager whom he accused of being an internet fraudster.
The police sergeant identified as Nelson Onyenibe with force number 456246 in company of other members of his team while operating in an unmarked Toyota Camry car, had last week (Tuesday), stopped the teenager identified as Precious Idisi during a stop and search operation along DSC express road, accused him of being an internet fraudster and arrested him after going through the contents of his phone including his bank statement.
A source said, the victim had reported the matter at the police station two days after the incident claiming that the suspect, who was on special duty at a hotel along DSC road in Ughelli South local government area of Delta State, had arrested him and a friend, handcuffed them and forcefully collected the sum of N1.8million from him.
Speaking further, the source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “According to the victim, the amount was part of N2million sent to him by his elder brother residing in Germany to be used for the funeral rites of their late father.
“They were subsequently taken to a Point Of Sale, POS operator identified as Ofuya Faith at PTI junction where Precious was compelled to forcefully make a withdrawal of N1.8million.
“Upon reporting the matter at the police station, the DPO directed the Divisional Crime Officer I, DSP Yerimah Ikerodah in the company of another policeman to go and arrest the suspect.
“Unfortunately, on arrival at the hotel where the suspect was stationed, DSP Yerimah began negotiating for a share of the money with the suspect, an incident that led to the sergeant escaping after jumping the fence of the hotel leaving his rifle and ammunition behind.
“However, DSP Yerimah has been issued with a query for disobedience to lawful order, discreditable conduct and sabotage while the salary account of the fleeing sergeant has been frozen with the POS operator equally arrested and detained pending further investigation.”