Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, on Friday morning rescued two policemen from being attacked by angry residents at the Obakhavbaye junction, near Oba Market Road, Benin City.
The angry residents in hundreds held a policeman hostage, out of the five policemen that collected a phone and the sum of N10,000 from a young boy.
It was gathered that the policemen forcefully collected the boy’s android phone and the sum of N10,000 at TV Road in Benin City.
It was further gathered that the policemen, after much resistance from the boy, abandoned the Lexus Jeep and the occupants at the Obakhavbaye Street Junction of Oba Market Road and zoomed off with the phone and the money.
Trouble, however, started when one of the policemen was unfortunately left behind.
In solidarity with the boy and his sister, traders, passers-by and other residents, held the policeman hostage promising to release him when his colleagues return the android phone and the money.
The scene, was however, tensed up, when one of the policemen came back trying to forcefully rescue his colleague.
A threat by the policeman who came to rescue his colleague to shoot at the crowd further infuriated the resilient residents, who insisted that the policemen must produce the items before allowing him to go.
The policeman, was, however, also held hostage by the residents along with his colleague.
The crowd who comdenmed the action of the policemen noted that if urgent steps were not taken by the state government and the police authorities, another round of #Endsars protest is inevitable.
As tension continue to gathered memontum, Commissioner of Police in the state, Philip Ogbadu, stormed the scene with his men.
Ogbadu, who calmed the angry residents down, however, handed over the items to the young boy and his senior brother, who owned the vehicle.
After the Commissioner’s intervention, the officers were seen at the Oba Market discussing the incident.
The policeman that was held hostage after the incident, was heard explaining to his colleagues why he was unable to escape with them immediately after the incident.
Narrating what transpired between him and the policemen to the angry residents, the young boy said the police policemen numbering five in a dark colour Sienna vehicle with no registration number stopped his Lexus Jeep with registration number Edo RRU 350 NE at TV Road he was driving and collected his android phone and the sum of N10,000.
According to him, “they stopped me at TV Road. Immediately they stopped the vehicle I was riding in company of my sisters, they took my android phone and N10,000.
“They demanded for my vehicle documents on which I presented to them. Having found the documents to be completed, they still entered the vehicle. They didn’t tell me my ofense. Probably, they think I was into internet fraud.
“They also destroyed one of my sister’s phone”, he said.
The young boy whose name was not known at press time, said
the policemen who were five in number said they were from the Anti-cultism unit of the Edo State Police Command headquarters, Benin City.