Policemen attached to the Zonal Command, Onikan, Lagos, on Tuesday said it had arrested three suspects for extortion and illegal revenue collection at the Lagos end of Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
According to a statement signed by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO), SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the suspects were arrested on Aug. 27 at Berger area boundary between Lagos and Ogun States.
Adejobi said that this was in line with the effort of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, to curb touting, extortion and illegal revenue collection on the major highways within the zone.
“The Zonal Command has received series of petitions and complaints from various transport associations/unions for illegal toll or revenue collections and extortion by some hoodlums.
“These hoodlums often disguise as government agents/officials along highways within the zone, particularly on Lagos/Ibadan, Sagamu/Ijebu, Ore/Benin Expressways and at various points in Lagos and Ogun States.
“In response to people’s complaints and intelligence reports, the AIG directed police operatives attached to the Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence of the zone (ZCIID) to curb such illegal activities and apprehend anyone or group of persons engaging in such criminal acts on our highways.
“This led to the arrest of the trio,’’ he said.
According to him, the AIG also advised government revenue agencies to issue identity cards to their officials to avoid impersonation by hoodlums.
“AIG Ali has also challenged government revenue agencies and departments to always issue marks of identification or personal identity cards to their staff or operatives for easy identification.
“This will assist the police and other security operatives in the course of their duties of law enforcement and maintenance of law and order.
“The AIG Zone 2 Command, therefore, assured the general public of thorough cleansing of the zonal command and provision of adequate security of lives and property for all and sundry within the zonal command.
“He urged members of the public to reach him on his mobile line: 08055885544, whenever the need arises,’’ the police spokesman said.