THE Delta State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, has ordered a manhunt for a police sergeant who allegedly extorted N1.8million from a teenager, Precious Idisi , along DSC Road, Ughelli South local government area of Delta State.
The suspect, Nelson Onyenibe is attached to Special Protective Unit, SPU Base 5, Benin-City, Edo State.
He reportedly fled leaving behind his AK 47 rifle with serial number B11343170 and 30 rounds of ammunition during a failed attempt to arrest him.
The police sergeant with force number 456246 in company of another policeman, while operating in an unmarked Camry car, was said to have stopped Idisi during a stop and search operation last week Tuesday.
He accused Idisi of being internet fraudster after, arrested her and wentthrough the contents of her phones including bank statement.
Though the State Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onowakpoyeya declined comments when contacted, a security source from the Ebremede police division confirmed the incident and disclosed that the police has also launched a manhunt for the fleeing police sergeant and his accomplice.
According to the source, the victim had reported the matter at the police station two days after the incident claiming that the suspect, who was on special duty at a hotel along DSC road in Ughelli South local government area of Delta State, had arrested him and a friend, handcuffed them and forcefully collected the sum of N1.8million from him.
Speaking further, the source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “According to the victim, the amount was part of N2million sent to him by his elder brother residing in Germany to be used for the funeral rites of their late father.
“They were subsequently taken to a Point Of Sale, POS operator identified as Ofuya Faith at PTI junction where Precious was compelled to forcefully make a withdrawal of N1.8million. Upon reporting the matter at the police station, the DPO directed two policemen to go and arrest the suspect.
“Unfortunately, on arrival at the hotel where the suspect was stationed, the senior of the two policemen supposed to arrest the suspect began negotiating for a share of the money with him, an incident that led to the sergeant escaping after jumping the fence of the hotel leaving his rifle and ammunition behind.”