27-year-old trader, Victoria Amodu, has pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to an armed robbery charge at an Ikeja High Court, and told the court that an Investigative Police Officer (IPO) at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja Division demanded sex from her.
Victoria, who was arrested on August 12, 2014 told the court that she was picked up at Church Bus stop, Badagry, where she was selling bread and bundled into a truck where she met some others who were already tied up.
Victoria says she got roped into the armed robbery case after she denied the IPO’s demand for sex when she couldn’t meet her bail condition. She told Guardian that:
“I was arrested by the police while I was selling bread and taken to the station at SARS, Ikeja. An IPO there told me to call someone that would come for my bail. I called a neighbour, a lady that helps me look after my kids. When she arrived, the IPO said a woman could not sign my bail bond, which he put at N400,000.
I became worried because I didn’t know any man to call since I was no longer living with my husband and I was also new in Lagos. I decided to call my father but he refused coming to the station. He said since I was married he had no hand in anything concerning me.
I didn’t know what else to do at this time, so I started begging the IPO to let me go and take care of my kids since I didn’t commit any offence. The IPO took me outside the cell to a corner and said that I am a pretty lady and that if I submit myself to him, I would be freed.
I got angry and shouted at him, asking why he would make such a statement to me. He immediately, dragged me back to the cell. Some others who were arrested that day were released after they paid money, though I don’t know how much they paid.
Nights after, the IPO brought out some case files and told me and others in the cell to sign them. He said that when we were done signing, we would be released. I agreed to sign the documents on the condition that he would not touch me. But the other men refused saying they couldn’t sign what they didn’t know.
The IPO immediately brought out his gun and threatened to shoot them if they didn’t sign and they fearfully signed it. After signing the documents, we were all taken to a Magistrates Court and from there, to Kirikiri Prison.”
Victoria Amodu was charged alongside another man. She told the court that she had never seen the man before and was only meeting him for the first time in court.