Nigerians have called out the Police authorities over the extortion of a 22-year-old 300 level student of the Delta State University, Efe Ifie, by some policemen who accosted him and forcefully collected N150,000 meant for his school fees and feeding.
They flayed the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Olayinka Adeleke, for not taking the matter seriously, urging that the erring policemen should be fished out and brought to book.
Our Correspondent had reported that Ifie was heading for school on Tuesday in a bus when the policemen flagged down the vehicle and ordered him to disembark.
After checking through his phone and finding two email addresses, they tagged him a fraudster and demanded N200,000 settlement to free him.
His plea that he should be allowed to call his parents fell on deaf ears as the armed policemen took him to Ekpan Police Station, where they checked his phone and found a credit alert.
They consequently led him to a POS centre and compelled him to withdraw N150,000 for them.
Reacting to the incident, the Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said the Police team could not have been from the Ekpan Division as the spot where Ifie was arrested was not under the division’s jurisdiction.
But Nigerians likened the incident to a robbery and sought justice for the hapless student.