Former deputy spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Aliyu Giwa, has shared the shocking story of how a man tried to frame his friend as a Yahoo boy and also got the police involved.
Giwa said he was still a deputy PRO in Lagos when the incident happened. According to him, the ”fake friend” had taken to social media to accuse the police of extorting his US returnee friend of N300, 000.
Giwa said it was later discovered that it was the man who had written a petition to the police, alleging that his friend was a fraudster, and got the police to arrest him. He said the problem started when the said man felt the police cheated him in the ”N300, 000″ his friend paid for his release and took to social media to raise an alarm.
”It is generally expected that friends cherish each other’s dreams and aspirations. However some friends are enemies within.
I’ve a story, but before I proceed, I would like to emphatically state that the motive for sharing these stories is to ensure that my readers learn from others experiences and not fall into the same ditch others have ignorantly fallen into in the past.
The story went viral on SM sometime ago. It was reported that; “Police officers arrested Mr.A for no good reason and extorted money from him in the sum of 300k.”
Reading about this, I sent a private massage to the blog that posted it requesting for the contact of the complainant. Good enough I got a reply.
I was sent the handle & email of the guy that made the thread. So I reached out to him. My message him was – “Sir I saw ur post, pls can u kindly tell me what happened”
And his reply was “Two days ago my friend was beaten mercilessly, because he refused to comply with them and was taken to the Police station and on getting to the said Police station they were informed that there was a petition against his friend. So I asked him who wrote the petition against his friend and what was his offense?”
His response was that the police refused to show them the petition and that they only told them that he was involved in some sort of fruad that was worth about 25k dollars”
While I was chatting with the guy who sent the post to the Blog, someone just sent me a direct message “Good morning Sir, I am Mr.A.”
I am the guy that was arrested by your men, I learnt that u were trying to get in-touch with me. Immediately I got that, I switched to Mr.A. I replied him “Oh great sir, so sorry about that ugly incident, pls what really happened?”
His response was “Sir thanks for reaching out and God bless you. To start with, it wasn’t 300k they collected from me it was 100k they collected, and sincerely there was a petition filed against me, but it was an old case which I had already settled while I was in the USA. It was about a transaction my friend asked me to help him with, which later became more like a fraud from my end in the State(USA). My account ws blocked & all.
To cut the long story short.
I replied him “Pls meet me at the station tomorrow, so we can trash things out”
Fast forward the next day.
Mr.A called me, saying “Pls sir I wouldn’t be able to make it today. But will try come the following day, which I didn’t object to. But I proceeded to meet with the Officer in Charge of the department that arrested Mr.A.
I got there and the following conversations ensued;
Me: Good monring sir (Saluted and banged my foot).
Oc: How’re doing Giwa! Deputy PPRO!
Me: fine sir, i just have one small issue that I need to draw ur attention to.
Oc: what happened Giwa?
Me: it’s about a case and it has gone viral on SM.
Me: Oga, some of ur men arrested one guy (Mr.A). According to the report they collected the sum of 300k from him & rough-handled him mercilessly.
Oc: Giwa Pls did he tell you the name of the IPO?
Me: Yes Sir, IPO Z is the name he mentioned.
Immediately the OC called the IPO via his phone.
Oc: please come meet me in my office.
IPO came in.
IPO: Good monring sir!!
Oc: Yes! What’s good about the morning? Which case are you handling that you collected 300k from the suspect?
IPO: I am not handling any case like that Sir. (Looking all scared)
Oc: Okay!! call me all your team members now!!!
So the IPO called his team members.
The Oc asked them who’s the most senior officer among them?
The most senior officer (Inspector) answered!
Then the OC asked: which case are you doing? And which one did you collect 300k from the suspect?
Inspr: we didn’t collect 300k from any suspect. Don’t know what you are talking about Sir.
The OC just faced me and he said; Giwa please call the complaint of the case.
Me: He said he can’t make it today. But will be available tomorrow by God grace.
Oc: Okay then,when he’s around bring him straight to my office.I’ll surely deal with these men! I don’t accept all these uncivilized act here.
Later that day my phone rang! Good enough Mr.A is calling….
Mr.A:Hello Sir, how’re u doing? So sorry I couldn’t make it today
Me: Oh it’s no problem Bro! I really understand.
Mr.A: Sir, I am scared of coming because my friend said I shouldn’t come.
Me: why please?
Mr.A: I don’t really know why he keeps insisting i shouldn’t come. That they will change the story on me and blah blah!
Me: Pls don’t mind him. Just come & let see the officer in charge of the department. You’re fine my brother. We can’t let this go. If we keep avoiding such, trust me the system will only get worse. And having a great policing system in our country is a collective effort. After the 22mins conversation, he agreed to come around without his friend (the guy who posted the story on SM).
The next day, the guy came around with his face swollen and bruises all over him. Tbh, I felt terrible when I saw it. So I took him straight to the OC’s office.
Me: Good monring sir (saluted and banged my foot)
Oc: Giwa how are u and where is the guy?
Me: here’s the guy Sir!
Mr.A: Good morning Sir.
Oc: How’re u doing my brother! What happened to ur face? That was the 1st question the OC asked.
Mr.A: I was beaten.
Oc: by who?? (Angrily)
Mr.A: by the police officers that arrested me 2 days ago
Oc: who & wats the name of the officer?
Mr.A: IPO Z!
Oc: ah! But Giwa u were here yesterday when he denied to have such case.
Me: Yes Sir!
Oc: These men are terrible set of people.
Long story short!
He called the IPO & his team and they couldn’t deny knowing him…
after loads of talk, all of a sudden they started begging!
Oc: call me the SO (Station officer)!
SO: Sir, u sent for me!
OC: put them in cell and later take them to provost.
Oc: wait oh! what about the money y’all collect?
Inspr: its 100k he gave us, not 300k.
OC: U didn’t just collect money! You robbed him!
OC: I wouldn’t take that!! Never!! I will make sure y’all face the disciplinary board!
They started begging the guy
Long story short!
Oc: where is the petition of Mr.A case, that you are working on?
IPO: let me go bring it!
He brought the Petition after like 35mins!
Oc: why did it take you that long?
IPO: The place I kept it was locked, that’s why Sir.
Oc collected the petition and read it out!l and mentioned the name of the petitioner (The person who wrote the petition against him). When the OC mentioned the name of the petitioner! Omo! Na so Mr.A screamed! Oga that’s my friend who posted the story on SM! Hmmmmm!
Then the IPO opened up! Plenty things really!
Wouldn’t be able to say it all on here! Will just state few.
The friend told the Officers that the guy is a GeeBoy(yahoo yahoo) and when he will be coming to Nigeria. When Mr.A arrived Nigeria,he took his friends out,lodge them in a Hotel & they cruised round the city! (Omo the friend told the IPO everything). He told the police that he just bought his mother a car and details of Mr.A account balance self. He was the one that sent a text to the Police men that they were in a spot and were about to leav and that was the day he was arrested.
Now this is where wahala dey!
The Friend wanted a share from the money Police collected from Mr.A! So he thought they collected 300k. The Friend even brought a Solicitor to negotiate the terms and conditions of his bail. According to Mr.A, the solicitor at some point was asking for 1million Naira for his services! At that point he said “I suspected some irregularities.” So he decided to call one of his uncles who spoke to some Policemen at that dept. That was when they agreed to accept the 100k. Mr.A also said “my friend kept asking him ‘how much dem collect for ur hand?’ That’s when I told him 300k!
Abeg long story short!
The 3 Policemen were detained for 3 weeks, faced disciplinary committee and were DEMOTED. Mr.A’s friend was arrested & charged to court for False information. The parent of Mr.A’s friend wanted to settle the matter out of court. The truth is we have done our job & it has been charged to court. We no longer have a say on that.
My people one thing we all need to know is….. “Never be an insincere friend, never be manipulative, one day u will be discovered & lose everything”