The Lagos State Police Command has cleared the air on an unconfirmed story alleging the police of extorting Lagosians through POS. Yesterday, unconfirmed news has it that a certain policeman had extorted a bike rider through the POS machine. However, police investigation has proved the story to be a fallacy. Here is a press statement from the police denying the report reported in the some sectors of the social media.
Lagos state police command would like to inform the general public that none of it’s personnel is in use of a Point-of-Sale machine otherwise known as a POS in any part of the state. This is with regards to the false video footage being circulated on the social media alleging a policeman attached to the Makinde Police station seen using a POS to extort a bike rider or the passenger on olowora street Mafoluku, Oshodi Lagos state on 20th of June 2017.
It has become necessary to make this clarification in view of the incorrect way in which the account of the incident in question was reported on various social media platforms which drew the attension of well meaning Lagosians.
The command would like to state that the officer in the video is being investigated and the commercial bike rider has given a factual account of the event that happened to justify the actions of the police officer.
The alleged officer and team on the 20th of June 2017 stopped a commercial bike rider and passenger who had a bag on him. The policeman enquired from the passenger about the content in the bag and he opened the bag. In it was a P O S machine and other documents, when asked why he had a POS in the bag he said his customers pay for their utility bills with the use of the POS machine. He was asked to produce a form of identification which he did and was asked to go by the policeman.
The command hereby reiterate to members of the public to verify information before use on social media to avoid indicting the Nigeria Police with reference to past and present video footage.
ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole
Police Public Relation Officer
Lagos state police command