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Police arrest 4 suspected extortionists of Lagos motorists

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Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested four suspects for extorting motorists, while posing as officials of the disbanded Lagos State Committee on the Removal of Abandoned Vehicles (RAVC).

The arrested suspects are: Taiwo Falodun (better known as Biggy), 48; Adedire Olaniyi, 42; Femi Osunkoya, 53; and Olalekan Edu, 51.

According to a statement by the state Police spokesman, Superintendent of Police Benjamin Hundeyin, two of the suspects – Adedire and Osunkoya – were apprehended yesterday 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 RRS.

The RRS arrived the scene promptly, arrested the suspects and commenced preliminary investigations. While investigation was ongoing, their leader, Falodun, came along with a government official, identified as Olalekan Edu to solicit the release of the arrested suspects. They were both arrested.

RRS fingerprint records showed that Taiwo and Olaniyi were once arrested in 2020 for extorting a university professor, while posing as local government officials on LASU-Igando Road.

The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi has directed the Commander RRS, Chief Superintendent of Police Olayinka Egbeyemi to charge the suspects to court at the conclusion of investigations.

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