CRIME Fake cop ar­rested af­ter col­lect­ing N.1m as bail fee

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

Po­lice in Kano State have ar­rested one Mo­hammed Yaka­sai for al­legedly parad­ing him­self as a po­lice­man and or court of­fi­cial de­fraud­ing fam­ily mem­bers of ar­rested sus­pects in the state.

A state­ment from the po­lice com­mand, signed by its Pub­lic Re­la­tion Of­fi­cer, DSP Ma­gaji Musa Ma­jia, said Yaka­sai was ar­rested fol­low­ing a com­plaint by the Po­lice Pub­lic Com­plaint Rapid Re­sponse Unit (PPCRRU) on the 27th July, 2017.

“A fe­male res­i­dent of Kano city called the PCRRU’s hot line and com­plained that on the 17th of July, 2017 a team of po­lice on pa­trol raided Kwana Hudu area in Kano me­trop­o­lis and ar­rested her son for al­leged rob­bery. And that her son was taken to Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) of­fice and sub­se­quently charged to court for rob­bery.

“She stated that her son was re­manded in pri­son cus­tody till the ad­journed date. How­ever, one of the In­ves­ti­gat­ing Po­lice Of­fi­cers (IPO) known as Yaka­sai whom she met at the court premises col­lected N100,000 from her as bail fee,” the state­ment said.

The woman fur­ther told the po­lice that Yaka­sai had also promised to fa­cil­i­tate the re­lease of her son, but her son was still taken to Kur­mawa pri­son.

The state­ment quoted the woman as say­ing, “I picked the PCRRU con­tact phone num­ber from a leaflet dropped by po­lice heli­copter in Kano on the 27th July, 2017 and lodged my com­plaint to the po­lice.”

Af­ter Yaka­sai was ar­rested, po­lice dis­cov­ered that he was nei­ther a po­lice­man nor a court of­fi­cial, but an im­pos­tor who had been go­ing round to courts in the state me­trop­o­lis pre­tend­ing to be ei­ther a po­lice­man or a court of­fi­cial.

The state­ment added that Yaka­sai had con­fessed to the crime and the N100,000 re­cov­ered from him had been handed back to the com­plainant, while he was charged to court for pros­e­cu­tion.

The state­ment added that po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the ar­rest of the com­plainant’s son and sub­se­quent pros­e­cu­tion in court is pur­suant to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a re­ported case.

The po­lice, there­fore, ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic not to pay money to po­lice as bail fee.

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