The police command in Lagos said its operatives have arrested one Oluchi Okoye for allegedly tying Reuben Alozie to a stake over unpaid debt of N4.6 million.
According to Adekunle Ajisebutu, Lagos police spokesman, in a statement on Friday, said Alozie was rescued by police operatives, following a complaint by his wife.
The police said Okoye tied the victim to a stick with ropes at 29, Abeokuta street, Ebute Metta axis of the state from Wednesday to Thursday.
The suspect is said to have told the police that he resorted to “self help” after several efforts to recover his money from the victim failed.
“A young creditor identified as Oluchi Okoye, a.k.a. PACA, has been arrested by policemen attached to the Denton Police Station for tying his debtor, Reuben Alozie, to a stake over unpaid N4.6m debt,” the statement reads.
“The suspect tied the victim to a stick with ropes at No. 29, Abeokuta Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos from 22nd September to 23rd September when he was eventually rescued by the police.
“The arrest of the suspect was made possible following a complaint lodged at the station by the victim’s wife, Angela Reuben, who reported that her husband was deprived of his liberty by the suspect who held him hostage.”
According to the police spokesperson, Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos commissioner of police, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the command’s tactical unit for investigation and prosecution.
Odumosu also asked members of the public to avoid taking the law into their hands, adding that they should always seek justice through legal means.
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