The embattled police inspector attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos Police Command, who was identified as Inspector Festus Omotosho [aka Ijaya], has been detained by the command for allegedly working with a confessed robber, Akeem Popoola.
Inspector Ijaya, who 21-year-old Popoola said he was working for, is also being investigated by the Ogun State Police Command.
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had summoned Ijaya for interrogation on Monday, after the young boy exposed their operational tactics.
Punch had reported on April 11 that Akeem Popoola, who was arrested for robbery and burglary by the police in Ogun State, said that he helped Ijaya to sell stuffs to unsuspecting members of the public.
He added that minutes after the sale, the inspector and two others – Abbey and Aluko – would handcuff him and take him to the buyers.
He explained that Inspector Ijaya would accuse the buyers of acquiring stolen property and demand a bribe of between N120,000 and N150,000, adding that he got a N5,000 share for each successful deal.
Lagos Police spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Ijaya’s detention, saying he would be prosecuted for criminal charges if found culpable of the allegation.
She said, “The CP Lagos State Command has ordered his (Ijaya’s) detention. The command and the Ogun State Police Command are investigating the criminal charges. If he is culpable, he will be prosecuted.
“The leadership of the police is committed to cleaning up the force and will continue to decisively deal with bad eggs. We will inform you when the outcome of the investigation is ready.”