A foreman with an engineering firm, Mr Ayodeji Adesanya, has accused the police in Ogun State of illegal arrest and detention.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the engineer went to see his brother in the Ajuwon area of Ogun State on Friday.
He was reportedly arrested alongside his brother and the brother’s friend in front of their house.
The 37-year-old said the three of them were held for no reason, adding that the police demanded N10,000 for each of them.
He said, “I work at Ijora, Lagos State. On Friday, I decided to visit my younger brother in the Ajuwon area of Ogun State after work. I finished working around 9 pm. Before I could get to his place, it was about 12am.
“It was not up to two minutes after I arrived at his place that policemen came to arrest me, my brother and his friend, right in front of the compound where we stood. We were taken to the Ajuwon Police Station, where we were detained.
“Without a single charge or documentation even after identifying ourselves, we were told to pay N10,000 each for bail. I told them that I had just N3,000 on me, but they refused it. Because I did not have that amount of money on me, I called my boss, who transferred N9,000 to me later in the day.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim’s boss posted about the incident on social media and a rights activist, Mr Segun Awosanya, contacted him.
Adesanya noted that the activist advised that he should not transfer the funds, adding that when the police observed his reluctance to pay for the bail, he was forced to make incriminating statements against himself.
Adesanya said he was released around 12 am on Sunday, while his brother and the friend were released around 5 pm without any payment.
Awosanya, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said he saw the victim’s employer’s post on Twitter and was moved to respond.https://punchng.com/foreman-accuses-police-of-illegal-arrest-detention/