Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), on Tuesday, arrested seven suspects posing as local government traffic officers for extorting motorists along LASU-Isheri Expressway.
The suspects arrested include the gang leader, Taiwo Falodun, Mukaila Atanda, Adedire Olaniyi, Chibuzor Eze, Akinseye Alex, Rasak Eko and Aro Dotun.
Our Community gathered that the suspects, who allegedly claimed they were on contract with the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), were arrested after the police received a complaint from a don, Professor Abdulraham Olayiwola.
The suspects had extorted N41,000 from the victim on Thursday, January 23, for not speeding on the expressway.
According to the victim, he was heading towards Igando from LASU when the suspects, operating in a commercial tricycle, allegedly forced him to park for not speeding.
Olayiwola was later forced to drive to their hideout on the LASU-Isheri Expressway where they impounded his vehicle and made him pay N41,000 before the vehicle was released.
Investigation by RRS operatives revealed that the suspects had previously impounded over 15 private vehicles and two commercial buses, which they kept at their hideout.
Some of the victims, who the gang had arrested, described the activities of the suspects as illegal.
One of them who declined to mention his name stated that the suspects demanded N30,000 from him for his vehicle not to be towed to Badagry, where he would be made to pay N75,000.
Investigations further revealed that many private car owners were paying cash and through a POS allegedly owned by one of the suspects.
According to Taiwo Falodun, a dismissed SPY policeman, there are three teams operating for Igando-Ikotun LCDA. He added that they were engaged to work for the local council on contract.
He noted that the team remits N20,000 weekly to the local council.
Recovered from the team were payment tickets issued to their victims ranging from N25,000 to N75,000 and one tricycle.