A 24-year-old woman has been raped in Lagos State, western Nigeria by three officers of the Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, after she refused to pay a bribe of N10,000, P.M NEWS reports.
According to the report, the alleged KAI officers, identified as Benjamin Akinade, Olayinka Olowu and Adebayo Ayeni, have been remanded in the custody of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit and will soon be charged to court.
It was gathered that the officers were arrested by KAI authorities after the affected woman (name withheld) reported the rape case to officers at KAI’s headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos.
The incident was said to have happened after the woman crossed the expressway instead of using the pedestrian bridge at Ojota area of Lagos State.
According to the victim, the officers arrested her for breaking the traffic law but later demanded for N10,000 bribe to set her free.
She added that the officers threatened that if she did not bribe them, she would be sent to prison.
The victim claimed when she could not pay the money, she was advised to “use” what she has to bail herself out of being jailed.
She added that the officers intimidated her and took her to an undisclosed hotel where she was raped.
Confirming the incident, one of KAI’s administrators, Onipede Offi, informed that the case has been handed over to the Lagos State Task Force, Alausa for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
Offi said the management of KAI has resolved to bring sanity into the system and would not relent in achieving this goal.
“We will make sure that the officers are punished if they are found guilty of the offence. This will serve as deterrent to others who also collect bribe or harass commuters,” he said.
Taskforce Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, a Chief Superintendent of Police, stated that the officers will be charged to court to face prosecution.
“No government would condone criminal acts. They are just like common criminals if found guilty. So the law will take its course on them.
“They threatened to jail or have carnal knowledge of someone they arrested.
“They reportedly raped the lady and there are others who also are in the habit of committing this crime but we don’t have information about them now. We will charge these officers to court,” he said.
Sulaiman disclosed that the KAI officers were posted to Iyana Ipaja, but went to Ojota to extort money from unsuspecting commuters.
He warned other officers who engage in this criminal act to change their ways or face the consequences.
KAI Brigade is the Law Enforcement Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment.
It was established on 3rd November 2003 by the then Governor of the State Asiwaju Bola Hameed Tinubu. The Brigade was established to enforce the Environmental Sanitation Law of Lagos State.