Bizwoman accuses police officer Oyo of extortion and intimidation

A businesswoman, Anjola Owolabi, has accused an assistant police commissioner, Kadimiel Rmadayi, of extortion and harassment in the Idi-Ope area of ​​Oyo state.

PUNCH Metro understood that when Rmadayi was appointed as an area commander in the city of Oyo, Owolabi, who had been running her company in the city, paid him a courtesy visit.

The businesswoman said she offered Rmadayi some drinks and a N50,000 cash gift during the introductory visit.

Owolabi claimed that after a while the area commander demanded more drinks and some money to repair his television set and a vehicle.

The businesswoman said she became ill and was hospitalized for a month, adding that trouble started between her and Rmadayi when her condition prevented her from choosing or calling back.

Owolabi said, “I have a lounge and wine shop in Idi-Ope in Oyo state. I am making my gesture to the police. So I visited the area commander, ACS Kadimiel Rmadayi, who was recently posted in Oyo city.

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“I went with the drinks and the amount of N50,000 which he gleefully acknowledged and we exchanged contact. Two weeks later I got a call from the ACP that he needed a drink and I brought it for N30,000.

“A week later I got another call from the same ACP telling him to fix the television in his office and that I should fix it for him. I gave him the sum of N50,000.

“A few weeks later, the ACP called to complain that his drinks had run out and I still brought him drinks. A week later he called and complained that the Hilux bus he was using was broken and that he needed my help to fix it. I generously gave him N50,000 to repair the said vehicle.

Owolabi, who said she was not doing anything illegal, explained that she gave the area commander money and drinks to prevent police officers from raiding her lounge and shop.

The businesswoman said that after she fell ill and was unable to answer the area commander’s calls, he became annoyed and deleted her number, adding that attempts to calm him, including visiting his office and informing his superiors, failed.

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“I called the ACP several times, but he said he doesn’t know me. I went to his office, but he sent me out and ordered his men not to allow me to see him again. He promised to deal with me.

“To carry out his threat, the police led by him stormed my lounge, my children and I, workers and customers arrested on June 13, 2022. They accused me of using my phone to record them and damaged it.

“The phone is still with them. They also destroyed my car while looking for something to charge me with, but they didn’t succeed. They transferred us to the SCID, Iyaganku – Ibadan, where we were held until the DC – SCID released me and my two children after discovering that our arrest and detention was illegal.

“All customers paid N100,000 each as bail. After the incident, his guys raided my shop on July 22, 2022; August 12, 16, 19 and 30, 2022. They arrested, assaulted and detained and extorted my staff and customers.”

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Rmadayi got in touch and said: “We have brought them to court. It will be prejudice to say anything about it. So I have nothing to say to you.”

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