The Zonal Command of the Nigeria Police Force, Zone 16, has arrested and detained four personnel involved in the alleged abduction and extortion of N20 million from two suspected internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys, in Bayelsa State.
DAILY POST gathered that the arrested police personnel confessed that two civilian accomplices, one Eyi Matthew Excel, and Mayor Goodluck Arab set up the Yahoo boys for extortion and kidnap.
The accused policemen were said to have stormed the residence of the Yahoo boys last Monday, who are indigenes of Bayelsa State but came in from Ghana, and arrested them with blindfolds to an unknown hotel in Azikoro town, where they tortured and threatened to kill them if they don’t cooperate.
They claimed someone from Ghana accused them of theft and threatened to kill them if they didn’t part with N50 million. However, after negotiations, the boys paid N20 million. The money was withdrawn in two tranches of N7 million and N13 million from the Automated Teller Machines of two commercial banks in Yenagoa.
While a report claimed the accused police personnel later offered their victims friendship and protection in Yenagoa and exchange numbers, others claimed the accused policemen asked for another N10 million a few days later.