Two policemen who had gone to arrest alleged fraudster at the Mechanic Village, Tombia, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State were instead detained by the fraudsters who resisted arrest.
Punch reports that the policemen from Akenfa Police Division on the outskirts of Yenagoa, had received a complaint from one Mr. Frederick Ojukwu, and a witness, Mr. Ebi Ozegbe, over an alleged N140, 000 fraud.
Ojukwu was said to have given the suspects the sum of N140,000 as a deposit for a second-hand vehicle with the understanding that after inspecting the vehicle, he would pay the balance but when he had gone to inspect the car, the suspects, led by a man, identified simply as Obum, had shown him a rickety vehicle, said to be good only for the museum.
Ojukwu rejected the car and asked for a refund of his money which the suspects agreed to pay but after the incident they disappeared for months. Unfortunately for them, the complainant got information that they had resurfaced at the mechanic village. Ojukwu then proceeded with a journalist, Ozegbe to the Akenfa Police Station to report the matter and they were given two policemen, who accompanied them to the park to arrest the suspects.
But things turned around as they got to the park. As they tried to accost the alleged fraudsters, the suspects grabbed the policemen, the complainant and journalist and gave them the beating of their lives. They also tore the uniforms of the policemen who they held hostage for a few hours and seized the phones of the complainant and the journalist.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity for safety reasons said, “The four, including the two policemen, could have been lynched if not for the timely intervention of the police reinforcement, led by the Divisional Police Officer of Akenfa.”
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa command, Mr. Alex Akhigbe who had gone to fix his car there on that fateful day said he had to call the DPO when he saw the situation was getting out of hand.
It was gathered that the DPO led a team to the park and was able to arrest the situation, freeing their colleagues and arresting some of the mobsters while some escaped.
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