Publisher Cries Out to AIG Over Unlawful Arrest, Threat To Life - THE BUSINESS PACKAGE


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Publisher Cries Out to AIG Over Unlawful Arrest, Threat To Life

Our Reporter: 

ABEOKUTA– A publisher and special member of the Bible Society, Mr Olalekan Olakitan has petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 2 Police Command, over an unlawful arrest and threat to his life by one Wasiu Opawole in connivance with one Constable Gbotemi of Ifo police station.

In the petition signed by his solicitor, Benjamin Oludare Ogunmodede and co, the publisher stated that Wasiu Opawole and others had forcefully seized his Lexus 300 Jeep with registration number LND 33 DA with the assistance of PC Gbotemi.

“Our client gave a POP contact job to Mr Wasiu Opawole who was introduced to our client by one Femi to do the POP job for a building project at Iyana Ilogbo, Ota area, Ogun State.

“After conclusion of negotiation, Wasiu Opawole agreed to collect N2,000,000 for the whole job.

“Our client paid a down payment of 1,000,000 immediately. Eventually, Opawole Wasiu did a shoddy and unsatisfactory job after he had collected a total amount of N1,670,000 up till date, leaving a balance sum of just N330,000.

“Contractually, there was argument on the uncompleted job and he has not been paid the balance”, the petition reads

He however express shock that Wasiu Opawole in company of some thugs armed with machetes descended on him at Pokoto area of Ifo where he was physically assaulted, and threatened to kill him.

“For almost 4 hours, our client was under their threats and intimidation, until 2 men in mufti who later turned out to be policemen arrest our client, took him to Ifo Police Station around 7:00pm on 15th November, 2021 at the behest of Wasiu Opawole.

“Our client told us that PC Gbotemi was apparently drunk while blackmailing him and wanted to seize our client phone as a collateral for the N330,000 which our client told him it is a civil case.

“It is a contract as he had not committed any offence known to law. They then moved to the DPO office where he was further interrogated and was released on bail at around 10:00pm”, the petition further reads

The published further stated that on getting to where his car was parked in police station premises, the hoodlums had vandalized his car, made way with his handbag, recording midget, some vital documents and the sun of N54,000 enclosed in the car save.

He therefore call on the AIG to intervene on the matter, and order the release of his Jeep unconditionally, while seeking that justice be served.

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