By Dare Ojelade
Seven suspects who claimed to be working on contract for Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for extortion.
The seven suspects were arrested on Monday, 27 January, 2020, along LASU-Iba-Igando expressway after a complain was lodged with the RRS by one of their victims.
The Gazelle News.com learnt that the suspects are notorious for extorting motorists along the road while posing as transport officers of the Igando-Ikotun Council.
When they were questioned by the security agents after their arrest, they claimed they are staff of the council albeit working on contract.
The suspects arrested include: the gang leader, Taiwo Falodun (48), Mukaila Atanda (48), Adedire Olaniyi (40), Chibuzor Eze (26), Akinseye Alex (48), Rasak Eko (50) and Aro Dotun (46)
This medium learnt that on Thursday, 23 January, 2020, the suspects extorted N41,000:00 from the victim for not speeding on the Expressway.
The victim, according to investigations, was heading towards Igando from LASU when the suspects, operating on Keke NAPEP forced him to park for not speeding.
He was thereafter forced to drive to their hideout on LASU – Igando Expressway.
It was here, his vehicle was impounded and made to pay N41,000 before the vehicle was released to him the following day.
When the operatives of the RRS stormed their hideout, more than 15 private vehicles and two commercial buses had been impounded by the miscreants and their tyres deflated.
On ground were some victims, who had just been arrested by the gang.
They described the activities of the suspects as illegal.
One of them who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that the suspects demanded N30,000 from him for his vehicle not to be towed to Badagry, where he would be made to pay N75,000.
The Gazelle News.com’s investigations revealed that many private car owners were paying cash and through a POS allegedly owned by one of the suspects as they rushed to avoid their vehicles being towed to Badagry where they would pay more.
According to a member of the gang, Taiwo Falodun, a dismissed Spy Policeman, there are three teams operating for Ikotun-Igando LCDA, adding that, they were engaged to work for the Local Government Council on contract.
He noted that the team remits N20,000 weekly to the Local Council.
Recovered from the team were payment tickets issued to their victims ranging from N25,000 to N75,000 and one tri cycle.
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