Four police officers from the Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), attached to Area K, Badagry, Lagos, have been arrested and taken to X-Squad Ikeja for allegedly forcing a man on gun point, to withdraw the sum of N140,000 from the ATM machine to settle them.
The officers have already been identified as two Inspectors: Pativon Patrick and Owolabi Oke and two other Sergeants, namely Momoh Jimoh and Akinmade Kehinde.
The incident was said to occurred at about 10pm at the ATM of Agbara branch of UBA along Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
It was gathered that the victim, Apagbo John suffered his fate when he was driving home late in the evening with his parents vehicle and there was traffic along the expressway.
The accused police officers were said to have stopped him beside the road, labeled him a suspect and threatened to kill him that night as a robber.
It was gathered that he pleaded with them not to kill him but asked them to take everything he had on him including the vehicle to spare his life.
They then allegedly forced him to their office at Area K Command, where they told him that he can only be alive if he will bring certain amount of money.
John told the officers that he was with his ATM card and had about N140,000 in the account.
It was learnt that they marched him to Agbara that night with their guns where he withdrew the money and gave them.
After they collected the money, they insisted it was not enough and detained him at Area K Command.
Meanwhile, the money he withdrew at the bank belonged to his father who received alerts on the withdrawals.
However, the plot was exposed when his parents started making inquiry on what was happening to him and John was traced to the Command.
It was then the information got to the Area Commander, Okafor who was still in the office and she quickly stepped in, ordered the arrest of the officers, collected the money and returned it to the victim. [myad]