By Felix Kuyinu
The Police Division at Ikotun has confirmed the arrest of three suspects, one of them a female, who falsely identified themselves as workers of Ikeja Electric, specialized in going about the streets disconnecting electricity supply wires from houses for gratification.
The suspects – Innocent Efem, 31, Wisdom Momoh, 39, and Ufuoma Sunday – were arrested at Ikotun having stormed to the area to extort money from the residents pretending to be staff of Ikeja Electric sent to disconnect wires from houses in the area.
According to reports, the trio arrived at a building at Oyefuga Street, requesting for money from the residents who failed to comply. In the wake of that, the suspects disconnected the wires from the pole and made attempt to leave.
However, the residents challenged them and after a brawl between them, the suspects were asked to provide evidence to show they were truly staff of the Ikeja Electric which they were unable to do.
They were apprehended and handed over to the police at Ikotun Police Division, where they were asked to identify themselves and contact their management as they claimed that they were sent by the Ikeja Electric Company.
Echonews gathered that during investigations, it was discovered that they were not staff of the company. They later confessed that they were using the ploy to extort money from the public to meet their needs.
They were also alleged to have gone to areas like Ejigbo, Isolo, Ijegun, Igando and other areas to operate.
The suspects were eventually charged before the Ejigbo Magistrates court for conspiracy and impersonation.
They pleaded not guilty.
The Presiding Magistrate, Kayode Layeni, granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum each.
They were remanded in prison custody pending when they will perfect their bail condition.
The matter has been adjourned till 7th May, 2018.