The Police Inspector attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, Festus Omotosho, aka Ijaya, who was alleged to have been working with a suspected robber, Akeem Popoola, is currently being detained by the command and is also being investigated by the Ogun State Police Command, reports Punch.
Ijaya was summoned for interrogation on Monday by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, following a report of the story in which the 21-year-old Akeem Popoola had accused Ijaya of being his ally in the robbery trade.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed that Festus Omotosho was truly in detention, added that the command had began investigation into the allegation against him and said he would be prosecuted for criminal charges if the allegation is discovered to be true. She said:
“The CP Lagos State Command has ordered his (Ijaya’s) detention. The command and the Ogun State Police Command are investigating the criminal charges. If he is culpable, he will be prosecuted.
“The leadership of the police is committed to cleaning up the force and will continue to decisively deal with bad eggs. We will inform you when the outcome of the investigation is ready”.
Ogun State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, also established the correctness of Ijaya’s arrest saying he would definitely be brought to book if found wanting. He further revealed that the Lagos and Ogun State Police Commands are both working together on the case. According to him:
“The inspector has been arrested, but he is being investigated by the Lagos command for now. We will make sure we have proper investigation into the case. He is there with other suspects. It is a joint assignment with the Lagos command. We assure the public that those found wanting in the case will face the full wrath of the law.”
Recall that on April 11th, we reported the story of Akeem Popoola who was caught in the web of the Ogun State police for robbery and burglary. Akeem, an indigene of Oke Ona in Abeokuta, Ogun State, claimed to be working for Festus Omotosho, a police inspector, and upon his arrest, the young man also confessed that aside theft, he also collected phones from the inspector which he would later sell, adding that the Inspector, Ijaya and two others – Abbey and Aluko – would then arrest the buyers shortly after for purchasing stolen items. To regain their freedom, the victims would pay between N120,000 and N150,000 from which he got a share of N5,000 per “deal”.