Five SARS operatives arrested over harassment and bribery charges.


(h2)Five officers of the special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS have been arrested (h2)

Five officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been arrested by Lagos State Police Command for allegedly harassing and demanding bribe from one mr Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu at Ago-palace way, Okota.

According to state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, the culprits Inspector Taiwo Omojope, Inspector Arigidi Ebibor, Sergeant Rotimi Adesoba, Sergeant Olalekan Olakunle and Sergeant Friday Oni were were attached to the Ipakodo base of SARS.

Mr Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, had gone to a Zenith Bank branch at Ago-Palace Way, Okota,when he was met by the officer who then took him where they had their operations vehicle stationed.


The victim recounting the events alleged that the officers searched his vehicle and went through his documents without finding any short comings, after which they ordered him to take them to his office at Ikoyi which led to some arguments.

Residents tried to intervene and pleaded with the officers to release mr Immanuel all of which fell on deaf ears. They were also alleged to have demanded for money as they refused to take a call from police command headquarters.

Under the guise of going to use the ATM to withdraw money to give to the officers, the victim sneaked into the banks toilet, after waiting for about two hours the officers removed the number plates of his car before he was asked to leave by the banks officials which forced him to enter his car and speed off.

The state commissioner of police was said to have orderd that those involved be found and arrested.


Initial investigations showed that the officers were led by one Inspector Jude Akhoyemta of SARS, Ikeja, but he was later exonerated as more investigations later revealed that the act was carried out by officers of Ipakodo Base of Sars.

The culprits have been arrested and are currently being interrogated by the Police Commands X-Squad Section and will be brought before an adjudicating officer at the Police Provost Department for the commencement of their orderly room trial.


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