The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of five policemen for the extortion of a student, identified simply as Ibrahim, along the RCC, Old Ogbomoso Road, Oyo State.

State police public relations officer Adewale Osifeso, who confirmed the development to our correspondent on Wednesday, said the investigation was ongoing.

He said: “We have arrested and detained five policemen and we are waiting for Ibrahim to come and identify the policemen who allegedly did what he said they did to him from the detainees, and also help us start the legal process against those guys to through a tidy test room.

“The money that was extorted from him has been recovered; we trace the operator and the end point of the account where the money was lodged. All of that happened today.”

PUNCH Subway deduced that the student was on his way to Lagos when the accused policemen accosted him.

The student alleged that the policemen, after stopping the vehicle he boarded, told him to get out and allowed other passengers to continue the trip.

After disembarking, Ibrahim, in a post shared by an activist, Rinu Oduala, on Twitter, said that the policemen took him to a bush where they extorted N90,000 from him.

In the post, the student said the money was his school fee, adding that he paid the police officers the money through a point-of-sale operator.

He also alleged that several attempts to contact the command’s spokesman, Osifeso, and Police Commissioner, Adebowale Williams, were unsuccessful.

The post said, “People help me, I was illegally extorted yesterday on my way to Lagos and I was calling the police professional and the commissioner, they all picked and said a wrong number. But I called a former pro, he said it’s his number and that’s how they do it.

“Please mom help me this is my school fee as a sum of 90k out of the 93k in my account. Please look at this so I can explain how it happened. He was taken to the mountain and threatened. Please save me. I pray you see this.

“The most painful part (is that) I told them these were my school fees and they extorted N90k from N93k on my accounts. They just took me to the bush, they told the other passenger that they would take me to the office, but I will meet them at the popular Amala joint in Oyo to wait for me.

“On our way, they went through different routes and in their car they told me that I should call anyone I know to send me money. I told them no one, it’s a bit difficult this time, immediately one of them picked up my phone and told me to open my bank (app) and I did.

“And they took me to PoS, which I think is their PoS because when I sent the money, they didn’t get (an) alert. Once i told him nah awodi police he said haa, eyini and gave me the cash right away. I can send you the driver’s number to confirm that these people have no mercy. (I) was begging, crying in his car. Still, they extorted me. They left me 3k”.