By Emmanuel Adeleke
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have apprehended four suspects for extorting motorists in the state while posing as officials of the disbanded Lagos State Committee on the Removal of Abandoned Vehicles (RAVC).
This was contained in a statement issued by Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on Friday.
“Two of the suspects, Adedire Olaniyi and Femi Osunkoya, were arrested on Thursday after impounding the vehicle of a motorist for changing lanes at Alausa.
“The motorist said that, the suspects took her vehicle to a park in front of Elephant Cement House, where she was asked to pay N50,000 as fine. She, however, reached out to friends who contacted the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
“The RRS arrived the scene promptly, arrested the suspects and commenced preliminary investigations. While investigation was ongoing, their leader, one Taiwo Falodun, came along with a government official, identified as Olalekan Edu, to solicit the release of the arrested suspects. They were both arrested too.
“RRS fingerprint records showed that Taiwo Falodun and Adedire Olaniyi were once arrested in 2020, for extorting a university professor while posing as local government officials on LASU-Igando Road,” the statement read
According to Hundeyin, the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, has directed the RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to charge the suspects to court at the conclusion of investigations.