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Nigerian Police Turned Car Painter To ‘Cash Cow’ Based On False Testimony Of Serial Armed Robber — Brother Alleges

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A younger man in Bauchi state has lamented the refusal of the police to launch an investigation into the allegations levelled by an alleged serial armed robber, ‘Bash’ towards a automobile painter, Simon Francis. 

Based on Francis’ brother who spoke to SaharaReporters, the police have turned the case to an avenue to extort Francis, whose innocence, based on the relation, has been confirmed a number of occasions.



The relation narrated that about 10 years in the past, Francis unknowingly purchased a stolen automobile from Bash and when the latter was arrested by the police, he implicated Francis. 

After a number of months of interrogations, Francis was launched on bail although his home and automobile paperwork had been seized by the police. 

The paperwork had been later launched after a number of years and Francis was stated to have minimize all ties with the armed robber having identified his true identification, the supply famous. 

Nevertheless, Francis’ brother advised SaharaReporters that each time the armed robber will get caught once more, he mentions Francis’ identify and workshop which he is aware of is stationary. 

The police have repeatedly picked up the automobile painter and requested the household to pay bail cash as a result of they know he’s harmless, his relation stated. 

He additionally stated the sufferer, Francis had pleaded with law enforcement officials to trace calls to his two cell phone strains — Airtel and MTN — and verify if he had communicated with the armed robber within the final 7 years.

Nevertheless, he stated the law enforcement officials have merely requested the household to carry a sure sum of money earlier than that may be carried out. 

The supply stated: ”I write to carry to your discover a case that entails Mr Simon Francis of a mechanic workshop alongside Jos Street, Bauchi. He’s a automobile vehicle painter and a resident of Wunti Dada in Bauchi state. He’s into shopping for, repairing, and refurbishing of used automobiles for resale. 

”Ten years in the past, he purchased a automobile from one man known as ‘Bash’ and resold it. As I stated, it’s over 10 years in the past and this Bash occurs to be an armed robber and ‘automobile snatcher’ (carjacker), however this was not identified to Simon. When the stated Bash was arrested, he talked about promoting the automobile to Simon Francis and Simon was equally arrested, taken to Abuja, locked up for greater than 3 months earlier than he was launched on bail after the automobile was retrieved. 

“Police seized Simon’s private automobile and home paperwork on the time which had been later launched to him after about 3-5 years.

”Simon instantly minimize Bash off however unknown to him, the expertise will turn into his nightmare as he has been arrested greater than 4 -5 occasions, detained and closely extorted on completely different events by the police, and later launched. 

”Every time this armed robber (Bash) is caught stealing and arrested by the police, he’ll point out Simon’s identify as he as soon as offered a stolen automobile to him.

“The 2 current arrests of Mr Simon Francis occurred final 12 months in the course of the COVID-19 (lockdown); a group of law enforcement officials led by one Inspector Ali Adamu from IRT division got here to arrest Mr. Simon Francis, detained him at Tafawa Balewa Property police station, Bauchi for 13 days in reference to ‘automobile snatching’ (carjacking) after arresting the armed robber (Bash) who led them to Francis.

“It was later confirmed that Francis knew nothing in regards to the case. He was extorted and later launched. Mr Francis stated he was shocked to see Bash contained in the automobile with the law enforcement officials as a result of he was as soon as knowledgeable that Bash had been killed throughout a theft.

“Once more, on the twenty first of September, 2021 one other group of law enforcement officials got here to arrest Mr Simon Francis at his workshop alongside Jos Street, Bauchi, Bauchi state.

“He was taken to Yelwa Divisional Police Station, spent sooner or later, and later taken to a police station at Keffi in Nasarawa State the place he’s presently detained.

”I used to be capable of converse to one of many law enforcement officials on the cellphone; his identify is Ejah Matthew Ujah, the IPO (Investigating Police Officer) and he has talked about that the identical Bash implicated Mr Simon Francis. He stated Bash advised them Francis supplied him with quantity plates for a stolen automobile although the automobile has been recovered.

“Bash is alleged to have spoken with Francis on the cellphone earlier than sending him the quantity plate from Bauchi to Lagos.

”We had been capable of converse with Francis in detention and he stated wonderful, he has had two cellphone numbers all his life. He has given the policemen the freedom of going to the community suppliers (MTN and AIRTEL) to test if has spoken to this Bash up to now 7– 8 years. He stated the police ought to take any vital motion towards him in the event that they discover something that implicates him as a result of he has not met with Bash, or set his eyes on him nor spoken to him.

“The police have, nevertheless, refused to hold out such an investigation, they requested that the household ought to pay for the service. 

“That is seen as a approach of extorting and impoverishing Francis. We surprise why the police would preserve arresting and releasing a identified armed robber and ‘automobile snatcher’ (carjacker) when he must be behind bars. It’s not solely Francis that Bash implicates, however he additionally does that to different individuals and the police find yourself extorting cash from them and later setting free. 

“The opposite time, somebody known as Francis’ spouse and stated he had been attempting to succeed in her husband (Simon Francis). The individual left a message to inform him Bash was on the town so he might run. They know the police will observe no matter Bash says and such harmless individuals will endure for nothing. 

“Final 12 months when the officers arrested Simon Francis, I spoke with a DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) about this case and he advised me there was nothing he might do, that it was past him and the Commissioner of Police. I had gone there and defined to him after which he requested if I had the variety of the individual in control of the case, I stated sure. 

“He then known as the man however for over an hour, the Inspector did not come. Later the DSP stated the person did not come however that we should always come again by 4 pm. We went again by the stated time, he was simply giving excuses.

“In the meantime, there was a time I spoke with the IPO in control of his case and the police officer advised me that my brother is harmless. I forgot to report the dialog, I might have performed it for you. We all know he is harmless, the police additionally know he is harmless however they’ve saved him there for nothing. 

“This time round, it has been troublesome attending to safe bailed for him. We’ve got tried the whole lot doable, all to no avail.”

He added that the household had resolved to petition the Nigerian Police Power over the problem.

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