The Nigeria Police Force has denied claims that officers of the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team, IRT extorted over N50 million and other valuables from billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (popularly known as Evans), while in police custody.
Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, said in a statement on Sunday that the report, which also accused the police officers of sexually molesting Evans’ girlfriend, Amaka Offor, was untrue.
Mr. Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police described the claims as “absolute falsehood, misleading, unfounded, and deliberate attempt to cast aspersion on the thorough and discrete investigation carried out by the Nigeria Police Force in all the offenses committed by Evans, who had pleaded guilty in court to multiple kidnappings, murder, armed robbery, and other capital offences.”
Last Friday, Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer representing Evans, filed a petition to the Police Service Commission accusing officers of the IGP’s IRT of forcefully collecting monies and valuables running into hundreds of millions of naira from his client.
According to Mr. Ogungbeje, some of the items extorted from Evans include three vehicles; 25 Mack trucks; and wristwatch, pendant, necklace, diamond rings and phones worth over $300,000.
Evans was in police custody for almost three months before he was charged to court last August where he pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and kidnapping.
The billionaire kidnapper, however, did not plead guilty to murder, armed robbery and other capital offences as stated by Mr. Moshood in the police’s statement.
“Virtually all the items erroneously claimed by Olukoya Ogungbeje to have been forcefully and ‘corruptibly’ extorted from his client were found to have been exaggerated,” Mr. Moshood continued.
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