FSARS, Anti-Cultism Officers Rob Lagos Businessman Of N200,000

The 35-year-old native of Edo State and his friend, a serving corps
member in Lagos State, had gone to buy suya (roasted meat) in a Hyundai
Sonata driven by Erins.

They were shouting ‘don’t move, don’t
move, come out.’ I thought they were armed robbers because they did not
look like policemen.” That was the impression Osaretin Erins had when he
and his friend, Raymond, were ambushed at a suya joint in Abule Egba,
along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway around 10pm on Thursday.

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As they
made to enter the car after buying the suya, armed policemen reportedly
wearing shirts with the inscriptions FSARS and Anti-Cultism, waylaid
them with a danfo bus – a commercial vehicle.

Pronto, they put Raymond in the bus while three of them were inside Erins’ car.

Erins,
who narrated the harrowing experience on Instagram, said the operatives
led him to an Automated Teller Machine point and forced him to withdraw
N200,000 from his account.

He also posted debit alerts of several batches of N15,000 withdrawals running into N200,000

He
wrote, “My name is Osaretin Erins. FSARS arrested me and my friend
around 10pm at University of Suya in front of Jendol Supermarket along
Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. As we entered the vehicle, about eight
heavily armed men came out of a danfo bus with assault rifles and
started to harass us and forcefully dragged my friend into their bus
stationed in front of the supermarket making passersby to run for fear
of being arrested too.

“After collecting our phones, they took
us to an ATM and forced (asked) us to pay a ransom of N500,000. After
much pleading, I realised two of the officers were from my state, Edo
State. I pleaded with them but they put on deaf ears and insisted we
follow them to Alagbon (annex of the Federal Criminal Investigation and
Intelligence Department), that we are cultists and fraudsters, depriving
me the access to contact my family for assistance. After much
interrogation, they took me to an FCMB ATM and I was forced to empty my
account balance. This is Nigeria where police have turned to midnight
thieves.

“It’s really heart-breaking considering the fact that we
are law-abiding citizens. Nigeria is heading towards a state of anarchy
and turmoil if all this continues by FSARS and police. I am really
heart-broken. Please use this medium to share this till it gets to the
authority. The FSARS are from Area M in Idimu.”

In an interview
with City Round on Friday, Erins confirmed the details in the post and
gave further revelation on how the policemen took them round different
areas and turned down his request to call his parents on the phone.

He said the men tagged him a cult member and frustrated his attempts to convince them that he was not one.

He
recalled, “They kept on saying I am a cultist; I said no. I told them I
finished from the university nine years ago without joining cultism.
When they insisted, I asked them for evidence. They said I was arguing
with them and threatened to deal with me.

“I requested that they
give me my phone so that I could call my parents, but they refused. They
drove us to Agege, from there down to Iyana Ipaja; then to Egbeda and
from there down to Idimu. From Idimu, they took us to Ikotun Egbe. They
asked us to pay N500,000. My friend is a corps member in Lagos. He came
to stay with me because he was ill.

“We were afraid that they
might take us to a police station and fabricate all sorts of allegations
against us. After a while, they agreed to collect N200,000. They took
us to an FCMB ATM point. One of them monitored me as I made several
withdrawals.”

He said he withdrew N100,000 before 12am and withdrew another N100,000 after 12am, adding that were later freed around 1.30am.

“Some
of them wore shirts bearing Anti-Cultism others wore shirts with the
inscription FSARS. All of them were holding guns, except their driver. I
can identify them, but my father said I should not expose them so that
they would not go after me later. I leave them to God. I posted it to
create awareness and warn people to be careful of how they move around.
I think they were attracted to my car,” he stated.

Erins, who
is into rental service and manages his father’s poultry, said his
parents didn’t know he went out to buy suya and didn’t bother to call
him throughout the time he was being held captive.

He added,
“They thought I was in my room. They were surprised when I returned home
around 2am. When people were saying end SARS, the government said
criminals would be everywhere. I am telling you categorically that those
people are actually those aiding criminality.”

When our correspondent demanded to speak with Raymond, Erins said the corps member was traumatised.

The
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, urged
Erins to see him so that the command could investigate the incident.

Recall
that a rapper, Ikechukwu Onunaku, had taken to the social media on
Thursday to call out some SARS men whom he accused of kidnapping him on
Lagos Island and extorting money from him.

Elkana said the musician had yet to come forward to make a formal complaint.

Source:- Punchng

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