Detectives from the Lagos State Command have arrested three policemen on special duty and three others for allegedly targeting and raiding some Chinese in their home at the Shomolu area of the state. The policemen, identified as Sergeant Peter Owechi, Sergeant Chigno Ada and Corporal Francis Onu, are attached to Mopol 43 Bauchi but were deployed to Delta State on special duty. The suspects along with three others allegedly left their duty post in Delta State and came to Lagos where they raided the homes of three Chinese men at Shomolu.
The suspects allegedly stole the sum of $770 and N700,000 cash in the home of one of their victims. The policemen and their cohorts had allegedly wrecked havoc in most parts of Lagos before they were arrested while attempting to rob another Chinese home. The trio were arrested by policemen and handed over to the provost unit of the force for engaging in illegal duty. In his confessional statement, Owochi said: “I am Sergeant Peter Owochi.
I am attached to Mopol 43, Bauchi State but were in Delta State on Special duty. “We came to Lagos on the invitation of one of our member who gave us detail of a Chinese national who resides at Shomolu. Armed with the information about a would be victim or victims we would storm his house with a forged search warrant alleging that he is into drug trafficking and arms racketeering.
With the fake search warrant we would comb the victim’s home with particular interest in valuables and cash. The last incident that led to our arrest, we stole N700,000, $770, phones iPads, jewelries and laptops. We were arrested through one of the phones stolen. A member actually sold the phone to a nieghbour without knowing that it could be tracked.” Confirming the arrests, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects are dismissed policemen who were arrested for robbery. He said the suspects would soon be charged to court.